Fake gazette scam: Motilal produced in vigilance court

Cuttack: The prime accused in the fake gazette notification scam Motilal Gouda was produced by the vigilance in the special court here today at the end of his three-day remand. The court,later, sent him to jail.

The vigilance claimed to have extracted important information about the illegal money transactions of the accused during interrogation. Vigilance sources said Rs 38 lakh was credited to the bank account of Mount India Diagnostic Centre, registered in the name of Gouda’s wife Rasmi Manjari. The transaction was held through cash and cancelled bank cheques. The account has also transacted money with others, vigilance sources said.

Properties, both movable and immovable, of the accused have increased substantially during this period, the sources revealed.

Before vigilance, the Crime Branch, which had arrested the doctor accused from Vizianagaram in Andhra Pradesh, had taken him on a six-day remand.

In the fake notification issued in October, 2015, Gouda had asked industries in the State to get the health check-ups of their staff done at one of the five ’empanelled’ pathology laboratories. Based on this notification, he even managed to sign a contract with Navaratna PSU Nalco for Rs 63 lakh.

Gouda was also in the process of signing another contract worth Rs 1.02 crore with Nalco when the matter came to the fore and a complaint was registered with the investigating agency.

On November 17, 2015, the State government had removed 408 medical officers from government service for remaining ‘absent from duty for a long period unauthorisedly and willfully.’ Gouda’s name had appeared in the list