Madurai

Nurses allege they were cheated by advocate

A group of nurses submitted a petition at the Collectorate in Ramanathapuram on Monday.

A group of nurses submitted a petition at the Collectorate in Ramanathapuram on Monday.   | Photo Credit: L. Balachandar

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Request Collector’s intervention to get the money paid to him back

Alleging that they were cheated to the tune of more than ₹40 lakh collectively by an advocate practising in the Madurai Bench of Madras High Court on the promise of permanent jobs in government hospitals, a group of nurses urged the district administration on Monday to help them get the money back.

More than 20 nurses, who were among the 48 nurses employed in primary health centres in the district on contract basis for three years since 2013, in their petition presented to Collector K. Veera Raghava Rao, said they were cheated after they gave ₹1.5 lakh each to the advocate, and sought his intervention to get their money back.

M. Vasuki, who led the nurses, said after the completion of contract period, their colleague Rajeswari suggested that her husband Ravi, an employee in Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation, knew a senior advocate in Madurai and he could help in getting their services regularised by filing a writ petition.

Initially, they gave ₹7,000 each and the advocate provided them the writ petition number and told them that he had filed a case on their behalf seeking a direction to the State government to regularise their services. A couple of years later, the advocate informed them that they won the case but could get the posts only if officials in the department concerned were bribed, she said.

In their anxiety to get permanent jobs in government hospitals, 28 of the nurses gave ₹1.5 lakh each to the advocate, but they did not get jobs, she said.

After realising that they were taken for a ride, the nurses presented a petition to the then Superintendent of Police, Madurai, in July 2017. Later, the Crime Branch police, after making a preliminary enquiry, said they could not take up the case as the amount involved was more than ₹25 lakh, which was beyond their jurisdiction.

The Crime Branch police also said the advocate failed to appear before them after responding to the first summons, she said. The group of nurses also presented a petition to Ramanathapuram SP Omprakash Meena, she said.

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