Cash-For-Covid Bed Scam Surfaces in Bengaluru, 2 Held after Tejasvi Surya's Points at Nexus
Police have arrested two people over alleged fraud in the allotment of beds to Covid-19 patients in Bengaluru, officials said on Tuesday. The arrests came hours after Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) parliamentarian Tejasvi Surya pointed to a nexus between civic officials and private agents.
Some officials in Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), the BJP-run municipal body in the information and technology hub, were conniving with touts to book hospital beds in the name of people under home isolation, Surya alleged, adding that these beds were later sold to patients in need at an exorbitant price.
The 30-year-old MP's charge triggered a flutter in the BJP government after which a probe was ordered.