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Written by: Staff

Srinagar, Apr 25 (UNI) The Jammu and Kashmir Vigilance Organisation today produced a charge-sheet against two former heads of health department in the Valley and four others for purchasing sub-standard x-ray machines on exorbitant rates in violation of norms.

An official spokesman said the charge-sheet was produced against the six accused, including two former Directors of Health Services, Kashmir.

The accused include then Directors of Health Services, Kashmir Dr Ghulam Nabi Kurpal and Dr Manzoor Ahmed Shawl, then Controller of Stores Dr Abdul Rashid Qureshi (now retired), then Radiologist JLNM Hospital, Rainawari, Dr Abdul Gani Hussaine (now retired), then Accounts Officer in the Directorate of Health Services Kashmir, Abdul Rashid Mir (now retired) and Ali Mohammad Shora, the propreitor of Comrade Enterprises, Gaw Kadal, Srinagar.

Giving details of the case, the spokesman said as part of the Border Area Development Programme, 37 x-ray plants were proposed to be purchased by the government in 1995-96 for extending better health facilities in far-flung areas of the Kashmir valley.

''The accused misused their official position and in a criminal conspiracy purchased the sub-standard x-ray machines on exorbitant rates which resulted in substantial loss to the state exchequer,'' he added.

The spokesman said an amount of Rs 33.80 lakh was involved in the purchase of these x-ray machines.

The accused in a criminal conspiracy facilitated the purchases from the supplier of their choice for monetary gains, he added.

The spokesman said four cases were registered in the Police Station of the Vigilance Organisation, Kashmir.

While the charge-sheet in the first three cases had already been produced in the court of Special Judge Anti-Corruption, Srinagar, it was done so in the fourth case today, he added. All the accused were present in the court when the charge-sheet was produced.

The next date of hearing has been fixed on June 19, he said.


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