Maha: Doctor couple arrested in connection with fake vaccination scam
Mumbai: A doctor couple has been arrested under the stringent sections such as Section 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide) of IPC on Thursday in connection with an alleged fake Covid-19 vaccine scam that put people's lives at risk.
The doctor couple has been identified as founder and owner of Charkop based Hospital. So far 8 FIRs have been registered against the doctor couple for arranging bogus vaccination camps and providing fake anti-COVID vaccines.
Police have already arrested 10 people in connection with the case.
ANI reports that as per a complaint registered by the residents of the society, on May 30, the management committee of Hiranandani Heritage had arranged a Covid vaccination drive for its residents and their in-house staff, including the security guards, drivers, and domestic help. The society has 435 flats, comprising three residential towers and around 390 residents participated in the drive.
The residents had in their complaint stated that a facilitator who claimed to be a sales representative from Kokilaben Hospital, negotiated with them for providing 400 vaccine doses on their society premises. They further stated that each dose cost Rs 1,260 and around Rs 5 lakh was paid.
It is learnt by the police that the hospital had received COVID-19 vaccine vials (17,100 Covishield and 6,250 Covaxin doses) from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) before April 30 because it had vaccination permission till April 2021 only.
However, as per the Additional Commissioner Dilip Sawant, "Even after the authorization ended on April 28, the hospital carried out camps without any MoU or intimation to BMC. One such camp was carried out at Malad's Bank of Baroda branch in association with key accused Mahendra Singh. Another camp was at a stocks advisory in Borivli."
Further, the hospital could not explain what was done with the balance stock.