ED files money-laundering case against Medanta, Naresh Trehan

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has filed a money laundering case against renowned cardiologist Dr Naresh Trehan and others…

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has filed a money laundering case against renowned cardiologist Dr Naresh Trehan and others in connection with allotment of land for the Medanta Hospital in Gurgaon, officials said on Wednesday.

In a statement, Dr Trehan and Medanta have denied the allegations that pertain to the land plot allotted 16 years ago to build the hospital.

The central probe agency has filed a criminal case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) after going through a recent FIR of the Gurgaon police that has been filed against 16 people, including Trehan, the co-founder of the hospital.

The ED has named all the accused as stated in the police complaint, the officials said.

The police FIR was file on the directions of the additional sessions court in Gurgaon in connection with allege irregularities in the 53-acre allotment for ‘Medicity’ in Sector 38, for which locals were evicte in 2004, police had said. Medanta, however, had called the allegations in the case as false and motivated.

The case was lodge at the Sadar police station in Gurgaon last week and the accused were book under sections of the PMLA and Prevention of Corruption Act.

They have also been book under Indian Penal Code sections 120B (criminal conspiracy), 406 (criminal breach of trust), 463, 467, 468 and 471 (all related to forgery of documents, records), the FIR state.

“This complaint has been file by a person who claims to be an RTI activist, however, it has been report in the press that he has had an FIR for extortion registered against him. All the allegations in this complaint are completely false, baseless and motivated,” a Medanta spokesperson had then said.

The others who are named in the FIR are “all government officers involved in the crime”, SAS Infotech, GL Asia Mauritius, Dunearn Investments (Mauritius), Naresh Trehan and Associates Health Services, Global Infracon, Punj Lloyd, chief administrator of HUDA in Gurgaon, administrator of HUDA in Gurgaon, Estate Officers-2 HUDA, and director of General Health Services, Haryana.

Gurgaon resident Raman Sharma has alleged that land for the ‘Medicity Project’ was allotte to Trehan, Sunil Sachdeva, Atul Punj and Anant Jain in violation of laws and criminal abuse of public policy, criminal misconduct, and influence by public servants causing pecuniary advantage to private persons, among others, according to the FIR.

The complaint stated that the Haryana government had in 2004 evicted locals from their ancestral lands in the area, now known as Sector 38, Gurgaon, for public purpose under the provisions of the Land Acquisition Act, 1984.

Thereafter, the state government, through HUDA, had released an advertisement for the ‘Medicity Project’, which was envisage to have super-speciality hospitals of international standard, academic medical institutions and other institutions related to medical care and research to provide state-of-the-art medical facilities at one place along with other ancillary and subservient services in the form of a shopping mall and a yatri niwas.

The complaint alleges that factors of eligibility, and terms and conditions were “nullified” at various stages by accused government officials causing pecuniary advantage to Trehan, Sachdeva, Punj and Jain and further caused “immense loss to the state”.

“Accused 5 (government officials) abused position by criminal misconduct and influence, caused pecuniary advantage to accused 1, 2, 3 and 4 (Trehan, Sachdeva, Punj and Jain),” the complaint stated.

The government officials also allotted the entire site of Medicity to Trehan without any consideration of his financial capability, it added.

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