Srinagar: The Crime Branch Kashmir has started investigations into the alleged scam in National Health Mission (NHM), related mainly to kickbacks for contractual appointments and choice postings during the years 2017 and 2018.
The investigating agency has sought voluminous records from the current NHM Director, Bhupinder Kumar, about employees recruited and transferred during the tenure of Dr Mohan Singh, along with the basis of the attachments/transfers and all official order copies.
It has also asked the NHM administration to submit notifications of recruitment of doctors in the years 2017 and 2018 through NHM, according to sources.
“We have also asked NHM officials to send a list of candidates, along with order copies, engaged for 89 days by the former Director NHM Dr Mohan Singh, and of those hired without any advertisement during his tenure,” an official wishing anonymity said.
SSP Crime Javid Koul confirmed the development to Kashmir Reader and said that the department received a complaint some months ago but NHM officials were delaying the investigation process.
“We asked the NHM officials many times to furnish details but they turn deaf ears towards our repeated reminders. It has hampered the process of investigation. If they continue to deny the details we will approach the High Court,” Koul said.
He said the case seems to be a “serious one”, as the material gathered so far corroborates the allegations.
“We will gather more records and documents so that an FIR can be registered,” he said.
Amid the controversy, Dr Mohan Singh has claimed that he is being framed using frivolous charges. He has called it a “personal vendetta” by some person.
“I have not done anything wrong. Whatever is in the rule book had been followed. These complaints were filed by those who are themselves indicted in many criminal cases,” he said.