A compounder employed with the Sawai Man Singh Hospital in Jaipur was on Sunday caught red-handed accepting a bribe worth Rs 5 lakh from the director of a private nursing college in the city. The compounder,Mahesh Chand Sharma,and his accomplice Rajendra Saini,were arrested Sunday following which a local court remanded them in five-day police custody.
Raids by the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) following Sharmas arrest revealed that he held assets worth Rs 200 crore,an amount he confessed to have amassed through extortion. The ACB officials are yet to put an exact figure.
The police said Sharma has confessed that he was taking the bribes on behalf of Indian Nursing Council president T Dileep Kumar. Sharma had joined the hospital in 1983 and was nominated as a member of the INC by the Rajasthan government in 2007.
Since then Sharma had been extorting money from nursing colleges promising approvals for accreditation,introducing new courses,increase or decrease in the number of seats. He would also threaten the nursing college authorities with surprise inspections by the INC in order to extort more money.
ACB director-general,Ajit Singh told The Indian Express,The modus operandi was to seek partnership if demands for bribe were not met. The accused holds stakes in several nursing colleges where he is a partner and also runs a few nursing homes. We have sent a team to Delhi to investigate the involvement of the president of INC.
In addition to partnership in over 25 nursing colleges,the hospital in Mansarovar,Sharma also owns a resort in Jamwar Ramgarh and several houses in Jaipur a few of them under the ownership of his wife. Details of several bank accounts are being retrieved and all lockers owned by him and his family members are being opened. In the next few days we will be able to get an estimate of his assets. We are also investigating the nursing colleges where he has a partnership and any other project he was associated with, Singh said.