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Covid-19 Jumbo centre scam: Dean arrested by ED files for bail; claims to have been made scapegoat | Mumbai News


STATING THAT he has been made a scapegoat, Dr Kishore Bisure, the Dean at the Dahisar Covid-19 Jumbo Centre in 2020, arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED), has said that no BMC officials have been arrested despite the agency’s case that the final go-ahead to clear the invoices at centre came from top BMC officials.

Bisure has been behind bars since July after he was arrested by the ED which claimed that he had received valuable items for clearing fake attendance sheets at the Dahisar centre during the pandemic.

The agency alleges that between July 2020 to February 2022, irregularities in functioning of two Covid centres in Dahisar and Worli, operated by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had led to wrongful gain and proceeds of crime to the tune of Rs 32.44 crore to a company which was given the contract to provide medical services and others. The ED claims that the figures of the staff provided were inflated in attendance sheets and payment taken for them as well.

Bisure in his bail application filed on Monday, said that he has served in the BMC for over 30 years as a doctor, holding the post of dean of government facilities in the past. The plea states that he has received many honours including being a Covid Warrior. He said that he was the dean of the Dahisar centre between July 9, 2020 and December 27, 2020 and has no role to play in the functioning of the hospital after this period. His plea states that the allegations of wrongdoing made by the ED are beyond his period of service too but no other deans at either centre were arrested, claiming that the agency has a ‘pick and choose’ policy in the arrest of the accused.

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The plea states that there were many personnel under him and had specific roles like preparing attendance sheets and verifying the invoices. The bills were then sent to Bisure for his approval, then the accounting teams of the BMC verified them before clearing the bills for payment. His plea states that it was not within his purview to personally inspect each and every file and he was dependent on the staff to conduct proper checks. He said that none of the staff members have been made accused in the case.

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“Therefore, it is evident that the applicant (Bisure) has been made a scapegoat and there is no cogent material to justify his continued incarceration,” the plea states.

The plea also states that Bisure had no role in the company, Lifeline Hospital Management Services, being given the contract. It also says that he was not named or arrested by the Azad Maidan police or the Economic Offences Wing which had filed the first case on the alleged offence. The plea also said that the BMC had conducted an audit wherein they had concluded none of the officers of the BMC could be prosecuted by the Azad Maidan police station as there was no criminality on their part and hence his arrest was ‘malicious’ and an abuse of the process of law.





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