Cong cornered after FIRs against Pilot, Gehlot and Karti
The police after conducting an inquiry into former mayor of Jaipur Municipal Corporation Pankaj Joshi’s complaint of 31 July, 2013, decided to register a case against Gehlot, Pilot, former health minister of Rajasthan AA Khan, former union finance minister Chidambaram’s son Karti P Chidambaram, Ravi Krishna, son of former union minister Vayalar Ravi and others under section 420 (cheating and dishonesty), 467 (forgery of valuable security) and 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), and 120 B (party to a criminal conspiracy), among others.
‘We have referred the case to CB (Crime Branch) CID for further investigation,’ Investigating Officer Sawant Singh told mediapersons here.
Joshi in his complaint had alleged financial irregularities in operating the 108 ambulance service during the previous Congress regime.
The 108 ambulance service is part of the National Rural Health Mission and is a public-private partnership to ensure help for emergency patients. He alleged that Ziqitza Health Care due to its strong political connections was hired to run the ambulance service in the state in a non-transparent manner and was overpaid during the period 2010-11. The Bharatiya Janata Party alleged that Ziqitza Health Care has been co-founded by Ravi Krishna with Karti Chidambaram on its board of directors.
Meanwhile, Sachin Pilot on Wednesday said the FIR shows how state agencies are working on the BJP’s directions. ‘It seems government agencies have started to work at the behest of the BJP and Congress functionaries are being targeted,’ Pilot told reporters here. Meanwhile, Health Minister Rajendra Rathore said the law will take its own course.