I am a victim of ministers’ rivalry: Gazette scam accused Motilal

Cuttack: The main accused in the fake gazette notification scam Motilal Gouda on Friday claimed that he is a victim of the rivalry between two ministers and demanded a Crime Branch and Vigilance probe into the whole affair.

“I have been a victim of the rivalry between two ministers. I am being targeted,” Gouda told media persons while being taken by police to be produced before the court.

Asked about his relationship with Himanshu Kar alias Happy, an employee of the Capital Hospital who is under the vigilance scanner in the case, Gouda said; “I only know him because he stays near my quarters. But there has been no financial transaction worth even Re 1 between us. The signature on the notification is also not mine, which I have informed the crime branch and given them my sample signature.”

Notably, 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 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 was in the list.