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Mumbai Vaccination Scam: Police Asks BMC to Cancel Shivam Hospital's License

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The police have made 13 arrests so far including Dr Manish Tripathi, Rajesh Pandey and Rahul Dubey for cheating people by administering saline water at a vaccination camp in a Kandivali-based housing society.

The Mumbai police on Thursday requested Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to cancel the license of Shivam Hospital involved in the fake Covid-19 vaccine camp racket.

The police have made 13 arrests so far, including Dr Manish Tripathi, Rajesh Pandey and Rahul Dubey for cheating people by administering saline water at a vaccination camp in a Kandivali-based housing society.

According to the police’s investigation, beneficiaries who have been vaccinated through their drives between 25 May to 6 June have been administered saline water.

Shivam Hospital was trying to acquire 1 lakh vaccine doses but was unable to successfully procure the shots. Last week, in a pre-arrest bail plea moved before the Dindoshi sessions court, Dr Tripathi has stated that the main accused in the case is Shivam Hospital.

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The Mumbai police are trying to protect the hospital’s powerful and politically well-connected owners, stated the plea, moved through lawyer Adil Khatri.

In a complaint to the police, the housing society had alleged that it was apparently cheated by some persons, who had organised a COVID-19 vaccination camp for its members by claiming to represent a private hospital. The residents also expressed fear that the vaccine administered could be spurious.

(With PTI inputs)

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first published:July 01, 2021, 18:34 IST