The Times of India
JAIPUR: A senior oncologist at Maharana Bhupal Hospital in Udaipur was arrested on charges of taking bribe of Rs 500 from the attendant of a breast cancer patient.
Dr Suresh Kumar Dangayach, who heads the radio therapy department at the hospital, was caught red handed by the anti-corruption bureau (ACB) team taking bribe at his office on Friday.
The doctor allegedly asked for the money from the patient’s relatives as his consultation fee.
ACB officials said doctors cannot take consultation fee from patients at government hospitals as the treatment is free of cost.
The doctor was booked under various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act and will be produced before a court on Saturday.
According to ACB officers, one Shyam Sundhar Suthar had approached the agency recently and lodged a complaint against the doctor.
“Suthar’s relative Kanku Bai suffers from breast cancer. He took her to Dangayach on March 29. The doctor took Rs 200 consultation fee on the first visit. On a second visit on April 9, he again demanded a fee of Rs 500,” said additional SP, ACB, Bhupal Singh Chudawat.
The officer said that when Dangayach again demanded a consultation fee on May 1, Suthar approached the ACB.
“We verified the complaint and laid a trap. When Suthar handed over Rs 500 to the doctor, we caught him red handed,” said the officer.
“Even if Dangayach has to provide medical consultation at his residence or private clinic, he could not charge more than Rs 150 as consultation fee,” an ACB officer said.
A team also raided his government quarter on the hospital premises and found Rs 3.70 lakh cash. Documents showing ownership of some residential plots were also recovered from the hospital.
“We are making an assessment of the property seized,” said the officer.