Ranchi, July 14: Jharkhand High Court has set aside the Rs 12-crore work order awarded by Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (Rims) to Siemens for the installation of two state-of-the-art machines in the hospital.
The division bench of Chief Justice Altamas Kabir and Justice R.K. Merathia passed the order after Wipro, which, too, was initially shortlisted by the Rims authorities, filed an appeal in the court.
The court has asked the Rims authorities to check the machines manufactured by both Siemens and Wipro before taking a decision.
After a PIL filed last year shed light on the absence of advanced machinery in the hospital, which forced patients to go elsewhere for MRI and CT scan, the Rims authorities floated a tender inviting companies to instal MRI and CT scan machines.
Three companies ? Wipro, Siemens and Toshiba ? responded, with the third losing out in the initial technical bid.
According to a condition mentioned in the tender floated by Rims, the authorities were to check the machines of companies, which qualified in the technical bid. So, Rims sent a letter to both Siemens and Wipro requesting them to demonstrate the machines before finalising the deal.
The Siemens officials received the letter but the one addressed to a Wipro agent did not reach the company?s competent authorities. As a result, Wipro had no idea about the inspection.
The Rims authorities then set up a special committee comprising medical experts C.B. Sinha and Madhup Lal who were given the task of checking the machines. The committee checked the MRI and CT scan machines manufactured by Siemens on April 28 and furnished its report to Rims.
The institute decided in favour of Siemens the next day and issued the work order.
On hearing the news of Siemens bagging the work order, the Wipro authorities cried foul. The company then made a representation before the Jharkhand chief secretary and the director of Rims in this regard.
Despite the representation made by Wipro, Rims did not give the company a second chance. Wipro then decided to move the high court.
The single bench of the high court clamped a stay on the work order issued to Siemens and dismissed the petition.
Not to give up, Wipro filed an appeal before the division bench.