Uttar Pradesh: Chief medical officer held for taking bribe
Following the physician contacted officials at Lucknow, a group reached the CMO’s house in Ayodhya Friday evening and captured him red-handed soon after that he accepted the bribe of Rs 20,000 from Dr Vijay Pratap Saroj. Vigilance team subsequently took Srivastava into Gorakhpur.
‘But on Saturday, Srivastava was produced prior to a Special Court (Anti-Corruption) in Gorakhpur that sent him to jail. Ayodhya district falls under the jurisdiction of Gorakhpur court,’ said Superintendent of Police, Vigilance, Dr Akhilesh Kumar Nigam.
Srivastava, who hails from Kanpur, was posted in Ayodhya for around 10 decades. Earlier, he was published in the district for over five decades.
According to Nigam, the complainant,” Dr Vijay Pratap Saroj, was in-charge of Primary Health Centre (PHC) in Rani Bazaar. A few months past, Srivastava gave him extra charge of PHC, Sahganj, which will be approximately 14 km from Rani Bazaar.
‘Dr Vijay Pratap was confronting problems in holding obligations of the two PHCs since he needed to spend three times in a week in each PHC. He approached Srivastava requesting him to ease him from duties of 2 PHCs and receive him posted at one hospital,’ said Nigam.
Pratap recently filed a complaint with the vigilance department in Lucknow claiming that Srivastava had demanded a bribe.
‘Dr Vijay Pratap alleged that Srivastave had demanded a bribe of Rs 45,000 for devoting him one PHC. While collecting details about Srivastava, we came to know that his reputation in Ayodhya wasn’t great,’ said Nigam.
‘On Friday evening, Vijay reached Srivastava’s home to hand him 20,000 as first setup of this bribe. A couple of minutes later, the vigilance team also entered Hari Om’s house and caught him with the bribe amount,’ said Nigam.