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TBS, officials booked in Andhra Pradesh medical scam

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TBS, officials booked in Andhra Pradesh Medical Scam
Times of India

HYDERABAD:

The Crime Investigating Department(CID) of AP has booked a case Bengaluru based TBS India Telematic & Biomedical Services Private Limited, private persons and health department officials in connection with Rs 450 crore medical equipment maintenance scam.

The case was registered under IPC sections of cheating, criminal conspiracy and criminal breach of trust. The irregularities include price escalations, inflated bills of non-existing equipment and raising invoices for equipment in government hospitals in AP. The case was booked based on complaint filed by civic activist Indukuri Venkata Rama Raju of Avidi village in East Godavari District,

In the FIR, the CID alleged: “As per the agreement, government has to pay 7.45 percent of the total vale of biomedical equipment towards maintenance for one year, which was initially valued for Rs 450 crores. It was clandestinely agreed between the service provider and the health officials to extend the agreement beyond one year, which was illegal.”

The CID further alleged: “The service provider with the active connivance of officials was drawing more maintenance charge by drastically escalating the prices of the equipment, claiming maintenance charges on fudged values, including in billing process process fraud and executing the agreement without termination clause to suit its convenience.”

“This gave a undue advantage to the service provider. Though the value of the assets is less than Rs 400 crore, it was claiming bills on the assets value of Rs 500 crore. The service provider didnot make the equipment functional in six months and took another year,” alleged the investigation agency.

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