A head clerk and a male staff nurse at Jag Pravesh Chandra Hospital have been arrested by the Anti-Corruption Branch of Delhi Government for allegedly receiving Rs.15,000 from a newly recruited Delhi Police constable to issue a favourable fitness report. The accused had demanded Rs.50,000 from the complainant.

Rohitash Yadav was recruited by the Delhi Police in May, following which he was asked to get himself examined by a medical board at JPCH in Shastri Park for a fitness certificate. The doctors examined him and detected some complication in his heart. His case was referred to G.B. Pant Hospital for tests and verification.

The doctors at G.B. Pant Hospital did not find any problem with Rohitash's heart and accordingly sent a favourable report back to JPCH. But Babu Lal, a head clerk who directly reported to the medical board, allegedly demanded Rs.50,000 from Rohitash to issue a fitness certificate.

The constable then lodged a complaint with the ACB on Wednesday. Acting on his complaint, the ACB sleuths verified the facts and then laid a trap for the suspect. Following negotiations Babu Lal purportedly asked Rohitash to hand over the money to a male staff nurse, Jamved Meena. The money was purportedly changing hands on Thursday when the ACB sleuths arrested Jamved and Babu Lal.

Additional Commissioner of Police (ACB) I.D. Shukla said the accused have been booked under relevant provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act and Indian Penal Code. While the two were questioned to ascertain if more persons were involved, the ACB is learnt to have also asked the medical board doctors and its chairman to join investigations on Friday.

Given that new recruits in government offices are required to get fitness certificates and a large number of them undergo medical examinations at various hospitals in the Capital, it is suspected that money is being extracted in an organised fashion from the applicants for issuing favourable fitness reports. The ACB is investigating to find out if more such “gangs” are active.