Cuttack: The Orissa High Court today granted conditional bail to Dr. Rabindra Kumar Jena, Head of Clinical Hematology Department of SCB Medical College & Hospital in Cuttack, who was arrested by the State Vigilance on charges of misappropriation of Odisha State Treatment Fund (OSTF).
The anti-corruption agency had arrested him in December, last year after raiding his residence. He is accused of criminal conspiracy, misusing official position, showing undue favour to different pharmaceutical companies, cheating and misappropriation of government funds.
Jena had allegedly shown favour to different pharmaceutical firms by prescribing its high cost medicines to poor patients getting financial assistance for their treatment under OSTF launched by the state government in December 2011.
During the probe, it was found that Jena was sending the application forms of the poor beneficiaries with estimate for expenditure mentioning the generic/molecular name of the medicines instead of prescribing specific medicines, which were available in the central store of the SCB Hospital.
The probe further revealed that the accused was prescribing ‘Atgam’ injection – produced by the Pfizer pharmaceutical company – to the poor patients, which costs almost double the cost of ‘Thymogam’ that is available in SCB store and market, thereby causing huge loss to the government exchequer and depriving the poor patients from availing the benefits under the OSTF scheme.