Tuesday, May 1, 2012

GDC Principal in multi crore purchases

Court orders Vigilance probe against GDC Principal

Special choose Anti-Corruption Kashmir, Aijaz Ahmad Mir, has directed State Vigilance Organization (SVO) Kashmir wing to initiate investigations against Dr. Riyaz Farooq, Principal Government Dental faculty, Srinagar in multi-crore purchase scandal that surfaced within the GDC last month.

Taking cognizance of a grievance lodged by one Tanveer Hussain Khan through his counsel Shahid Ahmad Ronga, the Special choose Anti-Corruption Kashmir in his order directed Senior Superintendent of Police, Vigilance to require up the investigation of the case concerning multi-crore purchase scandal at Government Dental faculty, Srinagar.

"Senior Superintendent of Police, Vigilance Organization Kashmir is directed to require up the investigation of the case in terms of Section 156 (3) Criminal Procedure Code and intimate this court concerning the ultimate outcome of the investigation. Senior Superintendent of Police is additional directed that whereas conducting the investigation he shall offer audience to each the parties as mandated by the law and thereafter conclude the investigation of the case on deserves," wrote the choose in his order.

The complainant filed the grievance underneath Section 156 (3) of Criminal Procedure Code and prayed for the directions to the State Vigilance Organization to register an FIR against the accused Dr. Riyaz Farooq, Principal GDC-Srinagar. The complainant, who recorded his statement before the choose additionally prayed for initiation of the action as per law against the accused.

It is in place to say here that underneath Section 156 any officer accountable of a police station could, while not the order of a Magistrate, investigate any cognizable case that a court having jurisdiction over the native space at intervals the boundaries of such station which might have power to investigate the matter.

Under this section no continuing of a police officer in any such case shall at any stage be known as into question on the bottom that the case was one, that such officer wasn't empowered underneath this section to analyze.

It may be recalled here that the GDC authorities have purchased medical equipment value crores of rupees at higher rates than quoted by the corporate from that they purchased it. curiously, the rates quoted for the equipment by this company were terribly less as compared with the rates truly paid by the GDC authorities, each at Srinagar and Jammu.

The revelations concerning the scandal came to the fore when the Medical Superintendent, (Public data Officer) GDC saw the correct to data (RTI) application moved by Tanveer Hussain Khan. 

In his reply, the PIO said that GDC, Srinagar purchased digital panoramic X-ray machine model and build of ORTHOPOS XG five DS CEPH-Single Sensor (AERB approved) Rs. 46, 80, 000 lakh. The machine was equipped to the GDC, Srinagar by VILLA India, New Delhi.

The RTI applicant compared the rates paid by the GDC authorities with the one being offered by constant company. He found a distinction of Rs. 26, 00, 000 lakh between the particular purchases created and also the rates offered. 

The PIO in his reply said that the GDC, Srinagar purchased eight complete vertical rack sterilization systems from VILLA India, New Delhi from time to time. The distinction between the particular value and also the quantity paid was around Rs. 50, 00, 000 for eight systems.

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