Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), South Delhi, Atul Bhatia said that police have arrested Praganand aka Nihal, Himanshu Sharma, Dr Manish Kumar Singh, Satender and Nikhil in connection with the case.
The DCP said that the police had received a PCR call on Thursday wherein it was mentioned that Genestrings lab in Malviya Nagar were involved in preparing fake Covid reports.
He said that on reaching the spot caller Vipul Saini stated that in April this year he along with his 45 relatives had given their samples for Coivid testing to Himanshu and Pragyanand Sharma.
On April 25, their known Rishab Shukla gave his sample to them and on April 26 he tested positive for Covid, but he did not show any symptom of Covid, he claimed.
The officer said that on April 28 Shukla again gave his sample to SPICE Health Laboratory where he tested negative.
The officer claimed that on April 29, Saini along with Himanshu Sharma and Pragyanand went to the Genestrings Lab and cross checked from above lab and found that the Covid report of Shukla was not in the records of this lab.
"Himanshu then stated that he alongwith his cousin Pragyanand used to collect home samples and give it to Singh working in Genestrings Lab without making any entry in the record of Genestrings Lab. Dr Singh used to share the result with Pragyanand through excel sheet and then Pragyanand would print the result on the fake letter of Genestrings Lab which was provided to him by the doctor," Bhatia said.
He said that by adopting this modus operandi the five accused persons have committed the crime of cheating and forgery by creating the Covid results on fake letter head of Genestrings Lab and by not entering the data of the virus infection samples in the lab.
Explaining the modus operandi of the accused, the DCP said, "Accused Himansu and Prgyananad are lab technicians who used to collect Covid samples from houses and later hand over the said samples to Dr Singh, application scientist at Genestrings Lab without making entry in the lab records.
" Singh with the help of his colleagues Satender and Nikhil used to telephonically send the report to Himanshu and Prgyanand, who used to prepare the reports on their laptop using the letter head of the above named lab. This latter was provided to them by Singh," he added.