Karnataka: Audio clip on vaccination cost triggers row | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: The state Congress on Saturday alleged that a few members of the ruling BJP had tied up with some private hospitals to organise Covid vaccination camps and were helping them collect more money from people. However, BJP and private hospitals spiked the allegations.
The issue snowballed into a political controversy after an audio clip, purportedly containing a phone conversation between a person identified as social activist Venkatesh and the staffer of a private hospital in Banashankari 3rd Stage, went viral. The president of Hanumanthanagar block Congress submitted a representation to deputy commissioner of police (south division), citing the audio clip and pointed out the hospital staffer is heard saying vaccine can’t be sold for less than Rs 900 as a portion of the money had to be given to Basavanagudi MLA Ravi Subramanya.
State Congress president DK Shivakumar urged the high court’s intervention, alleging: “According to the reports, elected members from the ruling party are taking vaccines bought by the government and handing them over to private hospitals to sell to the public. We demand the chief justice of Karnataka intervene and order a probe.”
Meanwhile, social media reports reportedly linked MLA Ravi Subramanya with AV Multispeciality Hospital in Hosakerehalli in connection with the high vaccine cost. Subramanya, however, denied the allegations and said that he was nowhere connected to the said hospital. “Certain miscreants have used my name in allegations about Covid-19 vaccine charges through an audio recording,” he said.
Chairman of AV Multispeciality Hospital Dr Rajesh Murthy said: “The conversation (in the audio clip) is to specifically defame the hospital and Basavanagudi MLA. The audio clip is maliciously concocted.” He said the vaccines were being procured by the hospital and administered to people at the rate prescribed by the government.

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