CBI Raids Former Delhi Health Secretary for Alleged Corruption

The former health secretary awarded contracts to 3 private security firms in a non-transparent manner in April 2016.

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The CBI on Thursday searched the residence and office of former Delhi health secretary Tarun Seem for alleged corruption in hiring private security firms for enhancing security at Delhi hospitals.

Seem, a 1992-batch Indian Revenue Service officer, as the health secretary of the Delhi government had awarded contracts to three private security firms - Knightwatch Security Limited, Innovisions Limited and SIS India Limited in May 2016.

It is alleged that the contract was given to these agencies in violation of general financial rules, Central Vigilance Commission's guidelines, and tendering procedures and transaction of business rules, CBI sources said.

The contract was allegedly given in a non-transparent manner in April 2016 with no advertisement or tender issued, they said.

The agency alleged that no prior approval of Lieutenant Governor or Delhi cabinet was taken.

The sources said the cabinet's approval was taken retrospectively on June 2016 after the deployment of guards from these private security agencies in May last year.

"Such retrospective approvals are taken only in the cases of extreme emergencies. There was no such emergency as the hospitals were being secured by ex-servicemen provided by Director General of Resettlement at a much cheaper rates," an official said.

(The story has been edited for length)

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