A doctor who was declared an absconder by Odisha government allegedly received kickbacks of more than Rs 1 crore through a fake gazette notification.
Dr Motilal Gouda, who was working as assistant director of Department of Factories (Medical), was in the list of ‘absconders’ issued by Odisha Health Department in November 2015. The list named 408 doctors who were removed from service for being “absent from duty for a long period unauthorisedly and willfully”. But, Gouda was already working with Department of Factories and Boilers under Labour Department by then. He is now under state CID’s scanner for allegedly receiving over Rs 1 crore in kickbacks from pathology labs.
In October 2015, he allegedly prepared a fake gazette notification with enabling provisions for recognising labs. He dispatched a list of these labs to over 580 companies and PSUs like Nalco and Rourkela Steel Plant, asking them to send their employees to five pathology labs in the state for checkups. He had signed an agreement with Nalco for Rs 63 lakh and was planning to sign another worth Rs 1.6 crore with them.
P C Das, director of Directorate of Factories and Boilers, said the matter came to light 10-15 days ago. “We had sealed his office, but he broke open in the morning and took away some documents.”
Gouda joined Directorate of Factories and Boilers on deputation from Employees’ State Insurance Corporation in 2010. His job was to monitor health of people working in hazardous industries.