CM Relief Fund Scam Was an Insiders' Job

Official sources say a Group-D staffer and two daily wagers employed in the section allegedly submitted forged documents to claim funds

Published: 03rd November 2015 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 03rd November 2015 07:31 AM   |  A+A-

BENGALURU: Insiders played a key role in the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund scam in which bogus bills were used to claim money, according to official sources.

Till now, 21 cases have been referred for investigation, and three new cases have come to light. Money from the fund is offered to ailing patients who cannot afford costly treatment.

A Group-D staffer and two daily wagers employed in the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund section allegedly submitted forged documents to claim funds, sources said. In all the 24 cases, bills worth `70 lakh were withheld after officials noticed that the documents were fake.

Sources said, Ningegowda of Pandavapura, a Group-D employee, did not turn up for duty after the scam came to light, and he was subsequently picked up by the investigating officials.

Ningegowda, who was about to retire in three months, used to befriend passengers on trains and collect their photographs, identity proofs like ration cards/Aadhaar cards and income certificates, promising them money. He used these documents to claim money.

Another daily wager, Nagaraj (30), who had colluded with Ningegowda, was terminated from service.

Two more accused, Ilyas and Raju Gowda, were also caught for allegedly helping the key accused. 

CM Relief.JPGOne Deshalinga, who was a computer operator in a reputed private hospital, used to give the accused fake bills and medical records like prescriptions and discharge summaries.

The accused would use these patients’ records and make fake identities by changing the names, dates of admission and discharge, and attach it with the claim applications. But their luck ran out when they forgot to change the name of an in-patient. This was also a major clue that exposed the scam.

The fake bills were submitted on the pretext of getting treatment for heart disease and kidney transplant for instance. Interestingly, another daily wager had claimed bills in her brother’s name, which is the same as that of a genuine claimant.

S Gopinath, a 40-year-old flower vendor from Parvathipuram in the city, had claimed `1.97 lakh through Chamarajpet MLA R V Devaraj, after he underwent treatment at Trinity Hospital and Heart Foundation between June 13 and 14, 2015. After scrutiny, `97,500 was sanctioned.

During investigation, it was found that the daily wager used the genuine claimant’s records to claim financial assistance in her brother’s name, which was also S Gopinath.

S J Somashekar, Deputy Secretary to the Chief Minister (Relief Fund), scrutinised the documents and became suspicious. He verified the records with the hospital authorities and confirmed that the bills were bogus.

Somashekar, who unearthed the scam after going through 26,000 applications, introduced several measures to check the misuse of funds and stringent measures to punish the accused.


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