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New Delhi: CBI Raid at Office of health minister’s OSD

New Delhi: CBI Raid at Office of health minister’s OSD

New Delhi:  The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday carried out searches at the office of Officer on Special Duty (OSD) of Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain, in connection with alleged irregularities in his appointment at Chacha Nehru Bal Chikitsalya and subsequently as an aide to the Minister.

CBI sources said the searches took place at the office of Nikunj Aggarwal, OSD to Jain and Anup Mohta, Director Chacha Nehru Bal Chikitsalya.

They said the teams have gone to the offices of Aggarwal and Mohta to get records related to appointment and other allegations, including Aggarwal’s nomination for a course at IIM Ahmedabad and for a trip to Bejing, China.

The sources said the team also spoke to Aggarwal in his office.

Official sources made clear that no searches have taken place in the office of Jain and the action is limited only to the office of the OSD and Director of the official as of now.

CBI had earlier registered an FIR in connection with alleged irregularities in the appointment of Aggarwal as OSD to Jain. The agency registered the case on the basis of a complaint from Delhi government’s Deputy Secretary Vigilance KS Meena.

The complaint is now part of the FIR. The FIR is against Mohta and Aggarwal, for alleged criminal conspiracy and under provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

In its complaint, the vigilance department has claimed Aggarwal was appointed as Senior Resident (Ortho) in Chacha Nehru Bal Chikitsalya on ad hoc basis on 10 August 2015, even though there was no proposal to engage a Senior Resident and no such post was available.

“Also, no advertisement was issued by the hospital for the selection of Dr Nikunj Aggarwal as Senior Resident. No walk-in interview was conducted for the purpose,” it alleged.

Aggarwal had made a handwritten application on a “plain paper” for appointment in the hospital on 6 August 2015 and within four days his appointment was approved without following any procedure, the complaint alleged.

 “Within a few days of appointment of Aggarwal, his services were requisitioned for appointment as OSD to Minister of Health, GNCTD. As per the Residency Scheme, the resident doctors are engaged for working in hospitals, and not for other duties,” it alleged.

Earlier, BJP leader Vijender Gupta had alleged that Aggarwal is the son-in-law of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s sister-in-law.

Source: PTI
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