Burhanpur (Madhya Pradesh): Burhanpur police nabbed former district hospital resident medical officer (RMO), Dr Prateek Navlakhe, key accused in embezzlement of multi-crore government funds from Delhi, informed Burhanpur superintendent of police Rahul Kumar Lodha. Police recovered Rs 11 lakh in cash from him. With this, Lalbagh police in Burhanpur have recovered Rs 17 lakh in total and have arrested five accused involved in the scam.
With the arrest of Navlakhe, police have started collecting all information about the movable and immovable properties of the accused Prateek.
Earlier, Lalbagh police had unearthed a scam wherein more than seven fake bank accounts were used to adjust crores of rupees embezzled via fraud.
During an investigation, Lalbagh police station in-charge AP Singh discovered that former RMO Prateek Navlakhe withdrew Rs 1.21 crore from government funds by opening fake accounts in the name of class IV employees of the district hospital in September 2020. After two or three months of money withdrawal, the accused allegedly closed all the bank accounts. The money belongs to the patient welfare committee and treasury.
Contract employee said that the accused asked for an Adhaar and Pan Card to open a new bank account and claimed that their salary would be credited in these accounts.
Police suspected that the scam amount is expected to reach up to Rs 15 crores.
Meanwhile, on June 11, 2022 following the orders of Additional Director Directorate of Health Services, Madhya Pradesh, Navlakhe, was suspended under 9, 1 directive of Madhya Pradesh Civil Services (Classification, control and appeal rule) 1966.
During the suspension period, his headquarter has been considered under Chief Medical and Health Officer, District Sidhi.