Bribe demanded from ex-Union Min for hospital bill’s reimbursement


Agencies, Bhopal In the wake of senior BJP leader and former Union minister Sartaj Singh’s allegation that government staff allegedly demanded bribes for reimbursing his hospital bill, an administrative inquiry has commenced in the matter. Meanwhile, Mr Singh today met Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in this matter.“My meeting with the Chief Minister lasted for around eight minutes. I explained the whole matter to him,” he told UNI adding that he could not disclose any further. “It is a recent matter. I was admitted to a private hospital around February 15. I availed treatment for about a week and paid Rs 1.5 lakh as medical bill. Under the rules, this amount can be reimbursed by the government,” said Mr Singh. “My assistant reached the state secretariat with relevant documents. He informed me over telephone that the employee concerned is demanding money for processing the file. I asked him to leave the file with same employee,” he said. Mr Singh said that he disclosed the matter before media yesterday because he felt that the plight of a common man could be understood if it could happen to a ruling party lawmaker as him. He said that he received a telephone call from a senior official today following his revelation before media. He has asked the official to contact his assistant for details. Mr Singh said that he does not know the exact amount demanded by the employee. He was seeking some commission in the matter. The former minister said that he does not know how far the file has progressed. “I am an old party worker. I simply want to bring out certain problems in the system so that it could be improved and the party does not suffer consequences. I would continue to point out shortcomings in the party organisation in future as well,” he said while replying to a query over some of his recent comments going against the party and the dispensation.