HYDERABAD: Middlemen have played a key role in misusing the Chief Minister Relief Fund (CMRF) allegedly in collusion with a few corporate and multi-speciality hospital managements.
CID officials, who are investigating the case, have submitted a status report on the probe to director-general of police Anurag Sharma stating that the investigation was complete in respect of 50 applications that were sanctioned funds under CMRF in Hyderabad, Karimnagar and Warangal. It is learnt that CID officials have found forged documents were submitted along with fake letterheads of hospitals, and money withdrawn.
During investigation, the CID officials questioned the staff and managements of hospitals and collected the documents. A thorough scrutiny of the documents brought to light the fraud committed by middlemen.
Chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao directed the DGP to register cases and investigate the alleged misuse of CMRF funds and asked for a comprehensive report.
Earlier, the government had submitted a list of 9,200 CMRF beneficiaries and applicants to the CID officials.
It is also learnt that hospitals, in association with brokers, operated like a mafia and were involved in siphoning off the CMRF funds by claiming bills in the name of patients without treating anyone.