The Enforcement Directorate has registered a case of cash laundering in opposition to Gurgaon-based Medanta Hospital and its chairman Dr Naresh Trehan for alleged misuse of land allotted to World Well being Pvt Ltd, the corporate that runs the hospital.
The ED case is predicated on an FIR registered by Haryana police 4 days in the past following a courtroom order. Medanta has denied the allegations saying the complainant within the case, Raman Sharma, is an “extortionist” masquerading as an RTI activist. It has additionally expressed shock that it’s being focused at time when its docs and infrastructure are engaged in combating Covid-19.
Trehan is a famend heart specialist and recipient of the Padma Bhushan award. The case pertains to allotment of land to World Well being in 2004. The Haryana police FIR has alleged that the land was allotted for the event of a medical school, analysis centre, nursing workers quarters and guesthouse for sufferers however solely a hospital was erected.
“The grievance had first come to us in June, 2019. However since we can not register a case and not using a predicate offence being registered by police or CBI, we despatched the grievance to the Haryana authorities. Now that the native police has registered a case, we now have booked the hospital and its chairman amongst 15 accused underneath Prevention of Cash Laundering Act (PMLA),” an ED official stated.
Based on sources, initially the Haryana authorities didn’t take cognisance of the grievance however Sharma knocked the doorways of a district courtroom which issued orders for registration of an FIR.
In an announcement Medanta had stated, “A person, Raman Sharma, claiming to be an RTI activist, however as reported by the media, has been accused of extortion, has made fully false and baseless allegations in opposition to our Chairman and others.”
The hospital claimed that Sharma had beforehand filed two circumstances in Delhi with similar allegations in Patiala Home Courtroom and within the Delhi Excessive Courtroom however each have been rejected on the grounds the allegations have been “imprecise, unspecific and never even a single incident with enough element has been talked about in all the grievance.”
“Extortionists have discovered a fertile breeding floor, whereas claiming to be RTI activists. The truth that the allegations in his grievance pertain to the 16-year-old land allotment on which the hospital is constructed demonstrates this. We delight ourselves in sturdy ideas of governance and monetary transparency. The allegations within the grievance are nothing in need of absurd,” Medanta stated.
“We’re within the midst of a world pandemic. A lot of our docs, together with our Chairman, regardless of being over 65 years of age, proceed to are inclined to their sufferers selflessly, within the face of this pandemic, placing themselves in danger day by day to serve others. We’re pained that within the midst of the braveness they show day by day, they’re pressured to deal with fully malicious and false allegations,” it added.