A much-celebrated Cardiologist, Dr Naresh Trehan has been booked in a laundering case by the Enforcement Directorate. Dr Naresh Trehan is the Chairman of Medanta- ‘The Medicity’ , one of the most well-known hospitals, in Gurgaon Haryana.
The case filed by Enforcement Directorate branches from a PIL filed by a Right to Information activist, Raman Sharma. The PIL as filed before the Gurugram Civil Court, Additional district and sessions Judge Ashwani Kumar. The accusations stated were that of corruptions via some irregularities for money laundering.
The irregularities that motivated the PIL were regarding allotment of a plot of land for construction of a hospital in 2004. The Haryana government gave 53 acres of land for the hospital ‘The Medicity’ in sector 38 of the Delhi Jaipur Road.
The land is marked as meant for institutional purposes. And constructing a private hospital with lieu of gaining commercial benefits leaves space for doubt.
Along with the Founder Chairman of Medanta- Dr Naresh Trehan, 16 other people have been booked under this case. The liabilities and accusation although varying, point to abetting the corruption based offence. The list includes chief administrator of Haryana Urban Development Corporation, Punj Loyd, Global Infracon, Sas Infotech and more public servants.
The accusation enlisted pertain to money laundering, under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002. The people involved have also been booked under Indian Penal Code sections 120B (criminal conspiracy), 406 (Criminal Breach of trust), 463, 467, 468 and 471. Majority of the latter is related to forgery of documents et al.
The RTI activist claims that the land allotment was done through an evil and influenced process, involving public servants. The locals were dislocated after giving them the reason for a public purpose under the Land Acquisition Act, 1984.
Dr Naresh Trehan and his associates have denied any accusations and have labelled the case as fraudulent, and an attempt at disregarding his image in the medical industry.