Nagpur: In a late night drama on Monday, two doctors of Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) were caught by Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) red-handed while demanding and accepting bribe of Rs 3000 from a man whose wife was being treated for eye complications.
Both the accused doctors who have been identified as Dr Vandana Iyer and Dr Swanand Shailesh Pradhan are attached to Department of Ophthalmology.
According to ACB, wife of Sandeep Pande (47) is suffering from some eye complications. He took her to the Department of Ophthalmology in the GMC. The accused Dr Vandana Iyer (37) and Dr Swanand Pradhan(26)diagnosed her and told Pande that they would have to administer Avastin injection into her eye and took Rs 3,000 from him on January 23. After taking money, the two doctors issued a receipt of Rs 140 to Pande towards the cost of injection. They told Pande that the cost of Avastin injection was Rs 24,000. But the patient is charged only Rs 3,000. On Monday, Dr Iyer and her junior Dr Pradhan again demanded Rs 3,000 from Pande for the injection. Pande inquired with some other medical practitioners who told him that the two doctors were illegally taking Rs 3,000 by issuing a receipt of only Rs 140 for the injection. Avastin is administered to treat several eye and retina ailments, including macular degeneration. Avastin is injected into the eye to help prevent slow vision loss from diseases. Pande then approached ACB and lodged a complaint against the two doctors.
Acting on the complaint, the ACB sleuths laid a trap at GMCH. As soon as Dr Iyer and Dr Pradhan demanded and accepted the bribe money from Pande, they caught them red-handed.
A case was registered under Sections 7, 13(1)(D), 13(2) of Prevention of Corruption Act against accused Dr Iyer and Dr Pradhan with Ajni Police Station. The cops arrested Dr Pradhan. Being a woman, Dr Iyer was not arrested in the night as per Supreme Court ruling. A woman cannot be arrested after sunset and before sunrise.
The trap was laid by Police Inspector Bhavana Dhumale, Monali Chaudhary, constable Pravin Padole, woman police constable Saroj Budhe, NPC Shankar Kamble, woman sepoy Dipti Motghare under the guidance of Superintendent of Police(ACB) P R Patil.