The voice tests of charged Dr Ajay Gupta, previous Himachal Pradesh Director of Health Services (DHS), and operator Prithvi Singh have coordinated with a discussion in a sound clasp that has been the premise of an examination concerning the affirmed PPE unit buy a trick.
In the 43-second clasp, Dr Gupta is purportedly heard requesting Rs 5 lakh in pay off for clearing a gracefully require of 6,500 PPE (individual defensive hardware) units worth over Rs 1 crore.
Prithvi had sent the chronicle to Dr Gupta on May 19, a day before the Director of Health Services (DHS) was captured by the state Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau (VACB).
Sources said Prithvi was purportedly ready to pay Rs 3 lakh, yet Dr Gupta was inflexible on Rs 5 lakh. The chance of coercing the DHS through the sound clasp to clear more gracefully requests couldn’t be precluded, they said.
The legal assessment of over about six cell phones seized by the VACB uncovered that there were, in any event, three more sound chronicles, other than WhatsApp talks, that demonstrated argument about the pay off sum.
Captured on May 20, Dr Gupta was delivered on abandon May 30. Prithvi was arrested on June 6. Both have been reserved under Sections 7 and 8 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.
As the case expected political tones, Additional Chief Secretary RD Dhiman alluded it to the VACB.
The quick aftermath of the discussion was that then Himachal BJP president Dr Rajeev Bindal needed to leave the post on May 27. The renunciation came to maintain good high ground in the wake of disturbance made by the sound account and to encourage free and reasonable test.
In his one-page acquiescence sent to BJP national president JP Nadda, Dr Bindal had stated, “Fingers are being put on the BJP after the capture of the previous DHS and being the leader of the gathering, I feel that the issue ought to be researched appropriately with no weight, and I am presenting my renunciation keeping in see the high virtues.”
The neighbourhood media was agog with reports of a nearby partner of a “senior” BJP pioneer being addressed for the situation.