AP: Two former ministers involved in ESI scam

There is evidence that two former ministers were involved in the ESI scam which has rocked the state, says SP Venkat Reddy

By Author  |  Published: 22nd Feb 2020  5:40 pm

Tirupati: There is evidence that two former ministers were involved in the ESI scam which has rocked the state, according to Superintendent of Police (Vigilance and Enforcement) Venkat Reddy.

Talking to reporters here on Saturday, he said there were large scale financial irregularities with respect to purchase of medicines, AB kits, biometric machines and tele-health services.

They had even submitted a bogus tele-call list which did not belong to Andhra Pradesh but was connected to the neighbouring state, he stated.

It was also found that the sewage plants were run in violation of rules and though the hospital at Adoni was shifted, the bills were filed for the plant at the old hospital on the recommendation of the then labour minister K. Atchan Naidu, he said.

Contracts were secured with fake quotations, medicines not required were purchased and they were not used at all with most of the medicines confined to the godowns, he disclosed.

After probing the scam for a full three months, a report was submitted the Government on the scam which involved crores of rupees in the past five years, Venkat Reddy said, adding that the department has recommended filing of criminal cases against those involved in the same, who also include three directors and son of a former minister.


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