Dead bodies registered as alive people at ASCOMS 

Jammu, January 25: The officials of the crime branch of Jammu and Kashmir Police have been asked by the management of ASCOMS to re-investigate a six year old case which was lodged against the institute in 2010.

As per reports in media, in 2010 a scam had come to fore in Acharya Shri Chander College of Medical Sciences after the then Additional Secretary Health and Medical Education Department filed an FIR bearing no. 19/2010 under section 420/467/468/471 r/w section 120-B RPC with IGP Crime regarding illegal practices being carried out by the management of the same hospital.

The reports say that the management had incorporated wrong entries in the OPD in patient department registers and had shown dead person admitted and treated in the hospital. This was done to increase the strength of staff, some employees were shown to have been on the payroll of ASCOMS were in fact working in different departments.  Besides, some trainees in ASCOMS were been shown as junior nurses.

The management of ASCOMS has established an inquiry which said that the hospital fabricated the records to fulfill the Medical Council of India rules and regulations.

Also, the then management tried its best to sabotage the investigations. The sources said that initially the management claimed that the records had been stolen and later the Crime Branch was told that the three employees namely Ashwani Magotra an Accounts officer, Rajesh Jamwal junior receptionist and Victor Lehaer a nursing orderly had damaged the records. However, a FIR was lodged against these three at Police Station Nagrota by Director ASCOMS

But now with the opening of the file once again, Crime Branch has to put the pieces together to establish the fraud committed at ASCOMS. Once it completes the investigation, the department is told to produce the challan.

The sources said that the application to seek reinvestigation has been filed to save a few high profile people, whose names had come up during the investigations.

They claimed that a few officials whose wards are studying in the college are trying their best to get the case re-investigated so that the names of high profile people can be removed from the list of the accused.