Covid Jumbo Center ‘Scam’: ED Files Chargesheet Against Sanjay Raut’s Aide Sujit Patkar

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday filed a chargesheet towards businessman Sujit Patkar, an affiliate of Shiv Sena (UBT) MP Sanjay Raut, in reference to alleged irregularities surrounding the jumbo COVID-19 remedy facilities in Mumbai. The chargesheet has been formally submitted to the court docket’s registry and is scheduled to be introduced earlier than the particular choose dealing with circumstances beneath the Prevention of Cash Laundering Act (PMLA) following a radical examination of the paperwork, information company PTI reported.

< p>Patkar, together with one other accused, Kishore Bisure, had been apprehended by the ED on July 19 and at the moment stays in judicial custody.

Though the exact particulars of the chargesheet haven’t been disclosed, PTI reported a authorized consultant related to the case as saying that the ED has formally designated the detained pair as accused events.

Patkar stands accused of securing contracts from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Company (BMC) via fraudulent means, which had been associated to the institution and administration of COVID-19 subject hospitals, popularly generally known as ‘jumbo centres,’ inside the metropolis throughout the pandemic. In the meantime, Bisure had held the place of dean at one such jumbo middle located in Dahisar.

Based on ED assertions, Lifeline Hospital Administration Companies, a partnership entity involving Patkar, and three others, had acquired a considerable sum. of Rs 31.84 crore from the BMC for the availability of medical personnel to COVID-19 centres. Notably, this agency, established in June 2020, was granted the contract regardless of its full lack of prior expertise in offering medical personnel or companies, PTI’s report talked about.

In the course of the interval of remand following the arrest of the 2. people, the investigative company apprised the court docket of Patkar’s receipt of a substantial quantity of proceeds of felony exercise, which had been deposited into his private checking account by way of Lifeline Administration Companies, it added.

Moreover, it’s claimed that Patkar performed a pivotal function within the perpetration of felony actions and the formation of conspiracies in collusion with different companions related to Lifeline Administration Companies and BMC officers to safe the BMC tender for the provision of medical employees to Jumbo COVID Centres, as asserted by the ED in court docket.

The probe company additional contended that Patkar’s custodial interrogation had unveiled his directive to his agency’s employees for manipulating attendance information at Jumbo COVID Facilities and elevating fraudulent payments to be submitted to the civic physique. p>