The sleuths of Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on January first, arrested Tankasala Venkatesh, regional manager of M/s Hemocue in the multi-crore ESI scam. Besides Venkatesh, Omni Medi’s managing director Kancharla Srihari babu was arrested for the third time for colluding with government employees. The duo has been arrested on the allegation of corruption, influence public servant by corrupt/illegal means, conspiracy and collusion with others accused in the ESI scam.

ACB’s investigation proved that Omni Medi’s MD Srihari Babu had played a key role in obtaining purchase orders for M/s Legend enterprises.
In a particular case, namely WBC cuvettes & Glucose Cuvettes manufactured by M/s Hemocue have been supplied to distributors at the rate of Rs 11,800 and Rs 1950 for each unit respectively. The distributor of Hemocue has provided the same item at the price of Rs 11,800 and Rs 2,250 per unit.

The company Legend Enterprises supplied the above items to the director, Insurance Medical Service – Dr Ch Devika Rani, at the rate of Rs 17,600 and Rs 3950 each unit. In a year, the company ( referring to Legend) supplied 6291 units of WBC cuvettes of Hemocue and charged a whopping amount of Rs 11.07 Crore. Similarly, it suppled 4500 units of Hemocune glucose cuvettes in the following year and charged Rs 1.77 Cr extra. From the above two products, the director -IMS paid excess of Rs 12. 84 Crore.

‘The accused K Sridhar Babu, MD of Omni Medicare colluded with other government officials and others, induced the public servant and cleared bills by corrupt and illegal means without any public interest’ said ACB officials.Through the purchases, the MD of Omni and Regional manager of Hemocue in collusion with government employees and caused Rs 12.84 crore to the government exchequer. The duo was produced before the special court for ACB cases and sent to judicial remand.

ESI Scam: Former Director of IMS Dr. Ch Devika Rani and 16 other government officials, including two other doctors holding a key position in IMS, were arrested by the ACB under PC Act. ACB’s investigation revealed that the director- IMS and other officials have involved in making ‘fake indent’, falsification of records, violating rules in purchase of medicines, Surgical kits. It is alleged that this has caused the government exchequer crores of money. The arrest of Pharma owners has blew the lid off the multi-crore scam

Coreena Suares

Coreena Enet Suares is the Editor of NewsMeter. Her stories have been published in the Deccan Chronicle Newspaper and the Asian Age. Coreena began her career as a News Anchor. Throughout her journey, she has been able to build a strong network with people from all walks of life. She is an alumnus of Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists- Research and Investigation, a flagship initiative of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)

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