Hosp officials caught taking 4 lakh bribe for insurance payout

05 July, 2016

The medical superintendent of Mahatma Gandhi memorial hospital in Parel, Gajanand Bhagat (48), was caught accepting a bribe of Rs 4 lakh late on Monday.

Bhagat, who is affiliated to the Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC), his assistant medical record librarian Kishore Wagh and another person Sandesh Kamble were caught by the ACB. They have been booked under the Prevention Of Corruption Act. Cops were likely to conduct raids at the Bhagat and Wagh's houses .

According to the ACB, the complainant had filed a medical negligence case in 1997 after his brother died at the government-run hospital. After the complainant established it was a medical negligence case, he moved the consumer court against the hospital. "In 2013, the consumer court gave a verdict in favour of the complainant. As the hospital was covered by an ESIC scheme, the insurance corporation filed an appeal before the national forum. The forum passed an order, stating that the ESIC sit down with the complainant and decide on the compensation," said Rajan Bhogle, deputy commissioner of police (ACB).

Bhagat, who was in-charge of the ESIC, contacted the complainant and demanded Rs 4 lakh to release a compensation of Rs 15 lakh. The complainant then approached the ACB and lodged a complaint. An ACB official said that Bhagat had asked the complainant to approached Kamble and Kishore to discuss the bribe amount. "The complainant managed to arrange only Rs 1 lakh. We put fake notes with a face value of Rs 3 lakh under the original notes and laid a trap," said an officer.