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Delhi LG suspends AAP minister Saurabh Bharadwaj's OSD Dr RN Das with immediate effect

Edited By: Shashwat Bhandari @ShashBhandari New Delhi Updated on: May 29, 2024 17:14 IST
Delhi Minister Saurabh Bhardwaj addresses the media in New
Image Source : PTI Delhi Minister Saurabh Bhardwaj addresses the media in New Delhi.

Delhi Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena on Wednesday suspended Health Minister Saurabh Bharadwaj's Officer on Special Duty (OSD) Dr RN Das with immediate effect, an order said.

VK Saxena has approved the suspension of Dr RN Das, OSD to Health Minister Saurabh Bharadwaj, for his alleged involvement in irregular and illegal registration of private nursing homes. The development has come after six newborns died after a Delhi hospital caught fire.

Das was issued a show cause notice by the Directorate of Vigilance in April in connection with the alleged irregularities in the procurement of various items like Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits, gloves, masks and Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) kits worth around Rs 60 crore during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021.

In the order issued on Wednesday, the directorate said, "The Hon'ble Lt. Governor, Delhi, in exercise of the powers conferred by sub-rule (1) of Rule-10 of the CCS (CCA) Rules, 1965, hereby, places the said Dr RN Das, Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to Hon'ble Minister (Health), GNCTD, under suspension with immediate effect."

The BJP has also alleged Das's role in the registration process of a children's hospital in Vivek Vihar where six newborns were killed in a fire incident on Saturday night.

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