- Ex-health secy under probe for ‘high-cost’ hospital security- CBI Delhi secretariat.
The-04-05-17 case assumes significance as the health department falls under AAP minister Satyendar Jain against whom the CBI had registered a preliminary enquiry (PE) last month on allegations of money laundering.
It spells more trouble for the Aam Aadmi Party government whose ministers and several MLAs are being probed by the CBI.
Seem was on temporary deputation as health secretary in February 2016, when the then secretary Amar Nath had gone on leave. His position as secretary was confirmed in April, but was removed from the post in August. Seem had piloted the AAP government’s flagship scheme mohalla clinics in the city.
A Delhi government official said on condition of anonymity that security agencies were hired at higher rates for better services but their contracts were not renewed.
“After the strikes by doctors, the best security agencies were hired – agencies that provide security in hospitals such as AIIMS and private hospitals – but their rates were higher than our tender rates. So, they were given a special contract for six months. After the contract period was over, it wasn’t renewed. So, some people allege that some sort of ‘setting’ happened,” said an official.
“The firms were engaged for augmenting security in the emergency area of the hospitals of Delhi government and huge loss was caused to the government exchequer. The total cost of the work was approximately Rs 10.50 crore,” a CBI official said.