VISAKHAPATNAM : The noose is tightening for Dr. KV Subba Rao, director of Visakha Institute of Medical Sciences (VIMS) over his alleged involvement in the job scam. Prime accused Raman Bhalla, who was arrested by the police Saturday, is learnt to have confessed that he shared the money collected from the complainants with Subba Rao who assured to get them appointed in the hospital.
According to police sources, Raman Bhalla reportedly confessed to the police during interrogation that Subba Rao was given a share of the money collected from every candidate. Raman came into contact with Subba Rao while developing a software company, C Soft Technologies, at Dwarakanagar area and around the same time Subba Rao allegedly assured Bhalla that he would arrange jobs for posts like attendants, ward boys, clerks and lab technicians at VIMS using his official position as its director. Taking it as an advantage, the 34-year-old mechanical engineer had collected crores of money from unemployed youth promising employment in VIMS.
Raman is also learnt to have informed the police that Subba Rao had conducted interviews for the candidates at a private hospital in Seethammadhara area.
One of the victims in the case, Santosh Kumar from Srikakulam district, from whom Bhalla has collected `4.5 lakh alleged that Subba Rao was present in all the occasions with Raman. “When we came to know about the fraud, we reached VIMS where Subba Rao told us if we do not reveal the truth he would consider our recruitment soon after the posts were sanctioned. He conducted interviews and also took the first class of our 45-day training in V-Tech Solutions office run by Raman Bhalla,” alleged Santosh.
“We have complete information about the persons involved in the fraud and we do not want to take any hasty step without gathering enough information,” a top police officer told Express.
Reacting to a question posed by the media during his tour here Sunday, CM said that the govt is taking all steps to operationalise VIMS at the earliest and they are also considering a proposal for setting up a panel headed by a senior IAS officer for the hospital administration.