Hyderabad ACB officials arrested accused husband in medical financial misappropriation case

Praveen Samuel

HYDERABAD: The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) had arrested Devika Rani, former Director of Insurance Medical Services in September when the scam first came to light.

During the investigation, the ACB conducted simultaneous raids at her residence at Hydrabad and her relative’s residences at Tirupati and Kadapa. During the raid the ACB personal recovered Rs.113 crore worth of disproportionate assets. The recovered assets include immovable properties worth over Rs 100 crore as per the present market value and over Rs 13 crores worth of properties such as gold ornaments and vehicles.

Further, as the ACB has been investigating Devika Rani and her husband Dr.P. Gurumurthy, a retired civil surgeon, in connection with allegations against them that they diverted medicines meant for ESI beneficiaries to other private parties. Devika Rani reportedly conspired with pharma companies as well.

The ACB sleuths found during the investigation that the accused acquired the ill-gotten property in her name as well as that of her family members. The details of the immovable properties include a luxurious villa at Shaikpet, three flats in Aditya Empress Towers, Somajiguda, a flat in RRS Towers in Somajiguda, a multistoried building in Tirupati, an independent house in Rajendra Nagar, an independent house in Vizag, 11 open plots in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, 32 acres of agricultural land and 16 commercial shops in the city.

The officers found that her bank balances cross Rs. 1 crore. An investigation is underway into a loan that Devika Rani has given to M/S PMJ Jewellers which is to the tune of Rs 7.3 crores. The ACB officers also apprehended Dr. Gurumurthy for conspiring with his wife in the ESI medicines scam.

 

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