The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has attached assets Ravi Krishna, son of senior Congress leader and former Union Minister Vayalar Ravi, in the multi-crore 108 Ambulance scam. Assets worth Rs 11.57 crore belonging to Ravi Krishna and another director of the firm which allegedly engaged in money laundering and other irregularities under the cover of the ambulance scheme were attached.

 

The ED found that the Ziqitza Healthcare Limited (ZHL) owned by Ravi Krishna and Sweta Mangal, committed a number of irregularities in the ambulance scheme which was awarded in 2010 when Congress was in power in Rajasthan. The investigation also found that the company was awarded the tender even though it was not qualified for it, as per norms. The 108 ambulance scheme was implemented under the National Rural Health Mission.

 

The Central Bureau of Investigation had registered an FIR in the ambulance scam, naming  former Rajasthan Chief Minister Gehlot, Karthi Chidambaram, son of former union minister P Chidambaram,  Ravi Krishna and Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee President Sachin Pilot. 

 

The ED found Ravi Krishna’s company claimed money even for non-operated and off-road vehicles and manipulated the documents and software to prove their claims. The agency attached the assets under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

 

CPM leader and former Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan had demanded a CBI inquiry into the 108 ambulance scheme in Kerala as well. “The same company which is under scanner in Rajasthan in the ambulance scam is operating t he scheme in Kerala as well. Widespread irregularities have been reported in the case. Hence the government should take steps to initiate a CBI investigation into it,” VS Achuthanandan wrote to the then Chief Minister Oommen Chandy in 2015.