Sunday, June 20, 2010

Army Medical Corps: Major arrested for taking bribe

Major Dipendra Bhushan
Mumbai Mirror Bureau Posted On Sunday, June 20, 2010 at 02:54:36 AM
An Army major, attached to the Army recruitment office at Colaba, was arrested by the CBI for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 50,000 to clear medical tests of a fresh recruit in the Army.

Major Dipendra Bhushan's driver Bharat Ram was also arrested after the CBI found that he too was a part of the racket.

“We have arrested Major Dipendra Bhushan and will produce him in court on Sunday. Search of the officer's residence is on,” DIG CBI Praveen Salunkhe told Mumbai Mirror.
Major Dipendra Bhushan
According to sources in the CBI, Major Dipendra Bhushan was in-charge of supervising medical tests of fresh recruits. The army recruitment centre in Colaba, where the medical screening centre is located, checks hundreds of army recruits every year.

Sources alleged that the Army major and his driver had spread a word among the fresh recruits that only those who would pay Rs 50,000 to the senior army official would be cleared in the medical tests. Several jawans therefore contacted driver Bharat Ram.

The complainant in the case also approached driver Bharat Ram, but he lodged a complaint with the CBI as well. “On Saturday afternoon, the major called the complaint near Fashion Street to collect money. His driver Bharat Ram was also present when the amount was being paid,” sources said.

According to Joint Director, CBI, Rishiraj Singh, it’s very unfortunate that in a premier institution like Army this kind of corruption is on. Singh has requested all prospective jawans, NGOs & GOs to inform the CBI immediately on 9820185123, 022-22884433 if they are compelled to make such payments.
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Comment: Looks and sounds like Desai effect of MCI corruption spreading its tentacles to the Armed Forces Medical College/ Military Medical Services. There is an urgent need for a major surgical operation to cleanse the Armed Forces Medical Services/ College and its Officers of corruption right from top to the bottom. The Medical Corps Care ethos and ethics must be instilled in its true perspective. Medical Officers who have bribed lakhs of Rupees for purpose of admission to Medical Colleges are the ones who tend to succumb to make a quick buck to make up the loss! Constant in- house monitoring and peer pressure should enable the Medical Corps to regain its lost prestige and honour. Major Bhushan, an Armed Forces Medical College alumni, had been in the service for the past 11 years and unluckily he has been caught; what about the others donning his feathers? What a disgrace for the Premier Military Educational Institute!

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