This Article is From Oct 20, 2014

Rajasthan Ambulance Scam: FIR Names Sachin Pilot, Ashok Gehlot, Karthi Chidambaram

Rajasthan Ambulance Scam: FIR Names Sachin Pilot, Ashok Gehlot, Karthi Chidambaram

The FIR has been filed in connection to an alleged ambulance scam under the National Rural Health Mission

Jaipur: Former Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot and senior Congress leader Sachin Pilot have been named in an FIR filed in connection to an alleged ambulance scam under the National Rural Health Mission, which is currently being investigated by the Crime Branch - Criminal Investigation Department or CB-CID of the state police.

Other senior leaders named in the FIR are Ravi Krishna and Karthi Chidmabaram, son of senior Congress leaders and former union ministers Vayalar Ravi and P Chidambaram, respectively.

In 2009, Ziqitza Healthcare, a company run by Ravi Krishna, received a tender to operate 108 ambulances across Rajasthan, Bihar and Punjab.

But an audit report by the health department in Rajasthan has allegedly found huge financial irregularities in the way the ambulances were operated, with losses amounting to Rs 14 crore.

The BJP has accused the Congress of giving the tender to Ziqitza Healthcare because of the organisation's political connections after it was revealed that Mr Pilot and Mr Chidambaram had also served as its directors.

Rajasthan police on Tuesday filed a FIR naming Mr Pilot, Mr Gehlot, Mr Chidambaram and Mr Krishna, among others. The case was later transferred to the CB-CID.