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Under Secretary in the Health Ministry held for accepting bribe

New Delhi : The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday said that they have arrested Sonu Kumar, Under Secretary in Union Ministry of Health for allegedly demanding a bribe from a US-based Indian for issuing a statement of need to a medical professional from the ministry. The Statement of Need is issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to Indian doctors to enable them to pursue higher medical studies in the US.

A senior CBI official said that they got a complaint in this respect on April 4 from one, Ram Gulam, a resident of Ballabgarh, Faridabad in which he alleged that his friend Yashpal Chokker’s son, Aditya Chokker, who lives in the US, had applied for Statement of Need from the Ministry of Health. Accused Sonu Kumar, an Under Secretary, Ministry of Health, demanded a bribe from him in exchange for issuing the Statement of Need.

“The complainant enclosed the printout of the said certificate which was sent by Sonu Kumar to Yashpal Chokker through email, which Yashpal then forwarded to the complainant on whatsApp. Chokker didn’t want to pay the demanded bribe,” said the CBI. The official said that the FIR was lodged under section 7 of PC Act. The CBI then laid a trap and arrested the accused while demanding and accepting the bribe. Further investigation into the matter is ongoing.