JORHAT, Nov 6 � Demanding a CBI probe into the alleged scam in the appointment of some Health Department officials in Jorhat, Sivasagar, Golaghat, Dhemaji, Dibrugarh and two other districts of the State, senior BJP members and advocates said that the Government must do it in public interest as several crores of rupees from the public exchequer have already been disbursed by Treasury officials illegally to pay the salaries of those employees.
At a press conference here on Monday, State BJP secretary Santanu Pujari alleged that the ongoing investigation by the Chief Minister�s Vigilance Cell may not find out the corrupt doctors and employees of both the Health and Finance departments as some influential persons are trying to mislead the probe.
According to Pujari, rampant corruption took place in Jorhat during 2010-2013 and a Joint Director of Health Services resorted to unfair practices in the appointment of more than 100 Grade III and Grade IV employees in different hospitals and offices.
�The then Joint Director of Health Services refused to give us details about the recruitment process and the job details of the employees by citing a Bombay High Court decision on maintaining secrecy. The senior doctor tried a lot to cover up the scam even when we sought the details under the RTI Act,� said Pujari.
He claimed that later they could access some government documents which substantiated the fact that some employees availed of the chance to join their offices under the aegis of the Joint Director of Health Services in Jorhat by showing some �fake transfer orders from some other districts.�
�The nexus between Health Department and Treasury officials helped all the illegally-appointed employees to get their monthly salaries from the District Treasury Office. They were not appointed earlier in any district. It is mysterious how they could join service at the offices in Jorhat by showing fake transfer orders. A sum of about Rs 15 crore was disbursed illegally from the Jorhat Treasury itself for their salaries,� Pujari maintained.
Expressing concern over the alleged violation of the legal procedure by some senior Finance Department officials, advocate Rintu Goswami said that the Deputy Commissioner of Jorhat did not heed their request for a probe earlier though the case was reported months ago.
�We demand a CBI probe. Several senior officers of the both the Health and Finance departments are suspected to be involved in the case. The State Government�s investigation may not bring them to book for political reasons,� said Goswami.
Though the Deputy Commissioner has constituted a committee for probe, the recent transfer of a senior Health officer has cast doubt on the Government�s will for a fair investigation, he added.
Advocate Gautam Bora also said that only the CBI should be entrusted with the probe as some powerful officers and political personalities are allegedly involved in the case.
�Documents revealed that such cases took place not only in Jorhat. Sivasagar, Golaghat, Dibrugarh, Dhemaji and two other districts also witnessed such violation of government rules. Public money has been disbursed from the Treasuries illegally. The Government must confiscate the disproportionate assets of the officers and employees involved in the case through a legal process,� added advocate Bora.