108 ambulance scam with Kerala connection: Rajasthan DGP recommends referring case to CBI

Saturday, Oct 18, 2014,21:07 IST By metro vaartha A A A

Rajasthan DGP has recommended referring the case against former Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, former Union MoS Sachin Pilot and several others for alleged financial irregularities to the tune ofRs.2.56 crores in operating ’108′ ambulance service during the previous Congress regime to CBI.
The recommendation to refer the case to CBI was made to the state government a few days back because the case involves certain things like scheme and fund pertaining to the Centre it is appropriate that the case is handled by the Central agency, DGP Omendra Bharadwaj said today.
Health Minister Rajendra Rathore said the DGP made the recommendation to Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje who will take the decision on the matter.
Ashok Gehlot said the government was pressurizing the officers to do such things which were aimed at diverting the attention of the people.
The government has failed to perform and to divert the peoples attention, the state government is making such attempts. When the FIR was lodged in June, it came to my knowledge that the officers were being pressurized to act in this manner, Gehlot told reporters.
The police filed the FIR in June this year on the basis of a probe into a complaint by former Jaipur Municipal Corporation Mayor Pankaj Joshi at Ashok Nagar police station here which was lodged on July 31 last year.
CID-CB was investigating the case in which Pankaj Joshi has named, besides Gelot and Pilot, former state health minister A A Khan, Karti Chidambaram, son of former Union Minister and Ravi Krishana, son of former Union Minister Vayalar Ravi, Sweta Mangal, then CEO of Ziquitza Healthcare, Shaffi Mather, former Economic Advisor to Kerala CM Oommen Chandy and the NRHM Director.
He accused them of being involved in the alleged monetary irregularities in the launching of the ambulance service.

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