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Sujit Patkar, Dr Hemant Ramsharan Gupta, Sanjay Shah and Raju Nandkumar Salunkhe booked for ‘illegal’ contract to operate jumbo centres

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Kirit Somaiya , BJP
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The Azad Maidan police in Mumbai Wednesday registered a case of cheating, criminal breach of trust and causing death due to negligence against Lifeline Hospital Management Services and four of its co-partners over a complaint by BJP leader Kirit Somaiya that the company bagged a contract of operating jumbo centres during the Covid-19 outbreak by allegedly providing forged documents.

One of the co-partners, Sujit Patkar, is said to be a close aide of Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut. The three others have been identified as Dr Hemant Ramsharan Gupta, Sanjay Shah and Raju Nandkumar Salunkhe

Somaiya has alleged that Lifeline Hospital Management Services does not have any experience in providing health or medical facilities.

The police are yet to make arrests in the case.Somaiya also alleged that the firm has been blacklisted by the Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA), which has also issued a direction to not award any contract to the said firm in Maharashtra.

But still, the firm managed to fraudulently procure a contract from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.

A statement released by Somaiya read, “A partner of Lifeline Hospital Management Services firm falsely pretended to have experience in the medical field when the firm had no experience in providing medical services to P.M.R.D.A. and since it has been pointed out, the firm then submitted forged documents to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, through which the firm obtained the contract of Jumbo Covid Center and has defrauded the government for its own benefits.”

An investigator said Somaiya has alleged that the firm’s inexperience in the field of health and medical services has cost the lives of people who got admitted to the jumbo centres and thus, Section 304 (A) (death due to negligence) was added in the FIR.

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