DMK Medical Wing Deputy Secretary of Madurai booked for using expired stents.
Denying anticipatory bail to Dr P Saravanan, DMK Medical Wing Deputy Secretary, in a criminal case of implanting expired stents for heart surgeries done on poor patients under CM health insurance scheme, Madurai Bench of Madras HC came down heavily on him and said “the needy can become a milch cow for satiating the greed of ingenuous entrepreneurs and immoral professionals”.
“The allegations against the petitioner are that he has committed a heinous crime by violating the ethics of the noble profession and that his act not only defrauded the government, but also endangered the lives of poor people suffering from heart diseases. The statement of the witnesses reveal that this is a prima facie case. The petitioner is absconding and there is no changed circumstances from March 22, when this court dismissed his earlier petition. Further, the petitioner is trying to make his staff responsible for the alleged offence,” said justice VM Velumani.
After recording the submission of Madurai city police that the oncologist was absconding, the judge said the second anticipatory bail application could not be entertained since there was no change of circumstances since the High Court dismissed his first advance bail application on March 22 and the petitioner withdrew a similar application from the Supreme Court on July 18.
The court was of the view that custodial interrogation of the petitioner is necessary and the present petition was liable to be dismissed.
The petitioner allegedly colluded with dealers and purchased stents post expiry date, manipulated the expiry dates in invoices, used them for 10 patients who got treatment under the Tamil Nadu Government Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme and claimed charges from the government. The alleged fraud came to light when the Vidal Agency for the Health Scheme conducted a surprise check at the hospital in May last year. The Thallakulam police had registered a case against 11 people, including the petitioner.
“Further, the petitioner is trying to make his staff responsible for the alleged offence. This court is of the view that… the present petition is liable to be dismissed,” the judge said. In his submissions, a senior counsel appearing for the petitioner had contended that it was unfair to hold the managing director of a hospital liable for stents handled by the staff.