Cherlapally Jail medical scamsters

Cherlapally Jail medical scamsters
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It is almost two months since a huge medical scam involving purchase of drugs worth Rs 80 lakh at Cherlapally Central Jail was exposed but police and jail authorities maintain that the case is still under investigation. The scam involved a prison doctor and a pharmacist who siphoning off the money and is still at large.

It is almost two months since a huge medical scam involving purchase of drugs worth Rs 80 lakh at Cherlapally Central Jail was exposed but police and jail authorities maintain that the case is still under investigation. The scam involved a prison doctor and a pharmacist who siphoning off the money and is still at large.

  • No breakthrough even after two months
  • DG (Prisons) says repatriation orders have been passed to the accused’s parent department

The scam came to light when a case under Section 420 (Cheating) of the IPC was registered at the Keesara Police Station on March 19 against V Mallaiah, a pharmacist of the Cherlapally Central Prison on charges of allegedly cheating a medical store owner to the tune of Rs 15 lakh. An investigation revealed that Mallaiah, in connivance with Dr Ravindrani, the prison doctor, cheated as many as six other medical stores in and around ECIL to the tune of Rs 80 lakh.


While the probe team is investigating if any previous jail superintendents were also involved with the two accused in this scam, jail authorities deny the allegations. Director General (Prisons) VK Singh said, “Internal audit has been done on this matter and revealed that no in-house doctors or prison officials were involved in the scam. Dr Ravindrani and V Mallaiah were deputed here by the health department and they were not prison staff.


From our side, we passed the repatriation orders to the deputed officers’ parent department (health) that the borrowed officers’ services are no longer required. I have no idea after this.” “We got a complaint (crime No 78/2015) from Veennaveelli Malla Reddy, owner of Ayyappa Medical Store, in Nagaram reporting that the pharmacist Mallaiah purchased medicines worth Rs 15 lakh meant for jail inmates producing documents with the seal and signature of jail authorities as proof of authenticity but the payment was not made till date,” Keesara inspector P Guruva Reddy said adding that the doctor and pharmacist are absconding and efforts were being made to nab them.


Meanwhile the investigating officer M Anantha Chary when contacted said that a couple of days ago Malla Reddy approached the jail authorities again for his pending bill payments but returned empty handed stating that probe was going on. “A manhunt is underway and we have deployed some cops near the house of the accused and cops are in constant touch with the control room,” the investigating officer added.

By:Victor Rao

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