Punjab

On DC’s directives another FIR against lab for overcharging in RTPCR tests scribe conducted sting operation

The Fact News Service
Jalandhar, June 29

In another instance of adopting zero-tolerance policy against the malpractices and profeetering in Covid-19 related treatments, on the directives of Jalandhar district administration, another FIR has been lodged against the lab owner for overcharging in RTPCR test after a scribe conducted sting operation.

Giving more details, Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori stated that as per the complaint received from Journalist of news website True Scoop, Avneet Kaur and Parina Khanna, Abhishek from Shri Sai Lab c/o Metropolis Lab demanded Rs. 1500 for RTPCR test, however, the state government has fixed a fee of Rs. 450 for this test. The complainant also submitted an audio recording to substantiate its claim on which a preliminary enquiry was conducted by Assistant Commissioner (Grievance) Randeep Singh Gill, who found the allegation against the lab to be true prima facie.

The DC said that the police authority was asked to lodge an FIR under relevant sections of Indian Penal Code, Epidemic Disease Act and Disaster Mamagement Act. Following the directions issued by administration, the Police department has registered the FIR against the lab for overcharging.

While lauding the efforts of both the journalists for exposing such malpractices, the DC reiterated his firm commitment to ensuring best of the medical services amid this pandemic and urged people to bring such sort of malpractices and overcharging in the knowledge of district administration through WhatsApp at 9888981881, 9501799068 with proof so that stern action could be initiated against the perpetrators of such heinous crime.

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