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Odisha Vigilance Arrests Cuttack SCB Hematology Asst Prof Sudha Sethy For Showing Undue Favour To Pharma Firm

13 December 2017


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Cuttack: Odisha Vigilance sleuths on Wednesday arrested Dr Sudha Sethy, Hematology assistant professor of SCB Medical College and Hospital and produced before the Special Judge, Vigilance here in the city and following her bail plea rejected by the court, she was remanded to judicial custody till December 26.

Basing prima facie evidence, Dr Sudha Sethy was arrested in the morning and forwarded to the Special Vigilance Court here while steps are being taken to trace and arrest the main accused Dr Rabindra Kumar Jena who has been evading Vigilance enquiry and investigation and his present whereabouts are not known, a press release by the office of the Director, Vigilance stated.

A Vigilance enquiry was taken up on the allegations of abuse of official position and show of undue official favour to different pharmaceutical companies by prescribing their high cost drugs to the poor patients getting financial assistance for their treatment under Odisha State Treatment Fund (OSTF) by Prof (Dr) Rabindra Kumar Jena, HOD, SCB Medical College & Hospital.

They were obtaining pecuniary advantages from the pharmaceutical companies for foreign tours and accommodation abroad, even for which Government has sanctioned money and on other allegations of criminal misconduct and corruption against Dr Jena, the Vigilance Directorate press release added.

It also further added, “It was found during enquiry that Dr Rabindra Kumar Jena, HOD, Clinical Hematology Department and Dr Sudha Sethy, Assistant Professor, Clinical Hematology Department and Nodal Officer, OSTF in furtherance of their common intention and in conspiracy with Pfizer pharmaceutical company have been sending the application forms of the patients with estimate for expenditure, mentioning therein the generic/molecular name of the medicines prescribed instead of writing the specific name of the medicine, which were available in the Central Store of SCB Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack.”

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M. Radhakrishna, SP, Vigilance Cell, Cuttack