Medicine supplier says Command Hospital cheated him

Claims defence officials harassing him, not clearing his dues

A Medicine wholesaler and distributor has alleged that the Command Hospital has cheated him. He claims defence officials have been harassing him and have not cleared his dues for a year. Kannan Nambiar, the medicine supplier, also said that even after having lodged a complaint with the Wanawadi police station in this regard, the police were not helping him in the case.

Bitter experience: Kannan Nambiar, the medicine distributor who says
Command Hospital has blacklisted him because he did not cough up a
bribe. Pic/Vivek Sabnis

Nambiar said he now plans to approach anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare and is thinking of filing a defamation suit in the sessions court for the sake of the reputation of his Chinchwad-based company.
"I have been blacklisted from the Command Hospital because I refused to give an extra commission of 10 per cent in advance for an air-conditioner and a refrigerator for getting the order and passing of bills. I have not been given any supply order since June 2010," Nambiar said. "I was also manhandled at the Command Hospital. No action was taken by the local Wanawadi police in spite of an NC being registered."

He added that a case filed by the CBI was pending in the sessions court. "On my complaint the CBI raided the Command Hospital on December 3, 2010. The CBI also filed a report with the Wanawadi police about the misconduct on the part of the hospital officials. The case filed by CBI is still pending before the sessions court in Pune," he said.

Nambiar said he had also filed an RTI query on the purchase of medicines from various suppliers, but it was rejected by the hospital. "My RTI application was denied by stating that the information was confidential and needs permission from the higher authorities," he said. A cheating case was also filed against Nambiar for allegedly furnishing a duplicate authorisation letter of a company. 

"The company, however, confirmed to me that it was an authorised stockist," Nambiar said. Lt Col P Mohan, medical officer of the Command Hospital, had also filed a complaint with the Food and Drug Administration, Pune, charging Nambiar with supplying spurious drugs to Command hospital medical stores. "Drug Inspector R V Pongle, however, reported that the medicines were good quality," Nambiar said.

The other side
Major General Panwar rubbished Nambiar's charges. "Nambiar is trying to defame the hospital. There is not a single paisa pending of payment of bills. The FDA case is still going on as one of the drugs supplied by Nambiar was substandard and, therefore, he has been banned from supplying drugs to our hospital. There was no CBI raid, but they visited the hospital and found nothing," said Panwar. "We are government servants and answerable to court and the government. The case of forged documents is still pending." The Wanawadi police said Kannan was making baseless allegations after army officers filed a cheating case against him for forging documents. Police Inspector Bajirao Mohite, in-charge of Wanawadi police station, said: "Army officials have registered a case of cheating against Kannan for forging documents. We are in the process of submitting a chargesheet in this regard. Kannan's allegations that we did not act on his complaint are baseless. Firstly, he has not filed any complaint of manhandling against army officers recently."

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