Nawab Malik said the fraud could have been averted if if the state government would have been kept in the loop from the beginning
Nawab Malik said the fraud could have been averted if if the state government would have been kept in the loop from the beginning
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New Delhi: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) national spokesperson and Maharashtra's Minorities Minister Nawab Malik has blamed the Centre for the fake COVID-19 vaccination camps that were unearthed in Mumbai last month. Malik said that the central government is responsible for the scam as it kept the Maharashtra government in the dark and sold COVID-19 vaccines to private hospitals without informing the state.

Maharashtra's Minorities Minister Malik further said that if the state government would have been kept in the loop from the beginning during the sale of vaccines to private individuals and private hospitals, municipalities, corporations and local bodies could have averted this fraud.

On Thursday, the Mumbai Police arrested another individual in connection with the fake vaccination case. So far, twelve people have been arrested in the case. After an FIR was filed on June 30, a total of nine FIRs have been filed in the vaccination scam case till now. The prime accused in the case, Dr Manish Tripathi has been sent to police custody till July 4.

The court said there are serious allegations against the applicant Dr. Manish Tripathi that he himself was filling saline in broken sealed vaccine vials and the same was provided at the camp site with the help of a co-accused. It noted that it is alleged that after vaccination, he was carrying all the empty vials.

As per the police, a vaccination drive was conducted in the Samta Nagar area of Mumbai in May, wherein 618 employees from four different companies were administered the vaccine, however, none of them received a certificate confirming their inoculation. Later, they approached the Mumbai Police and an investigation was initiated. During the probe, a racket that held bogus or unauthorized vaccination camps for housing societies and private firms came to light last month.

(With agency inputs)

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