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Ailing AIIMS: Health Ministry’s clean chit puts probe into Rs 7000 crore scam in jeopardy

The Union Health Ministry has put a full stop to the investigations into the alleged Rs 7,000 crore AIIMS scam that took place when the United Progressive Alliance II was in power.

The ministry filed an affidavit in the Delhi High Court last month, giving a clean chit to a Himachal Pradesh cadre Indian Administrative Services (IAS) officer who was accused of corruption during his tenure at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

The officer, Vineet Chaudhary, was previously the secretary of health in Himachal Pradesh when current Union Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda was the state’s health minister.

Interestingly, the affidavit came even though JP Nadda issued a memo two years ago distancing his ministry from the matter. Nadda sent the case to the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT), which is headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

India Today has exclusive access to documents relating to the matter.

 

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