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The News Minute | December 20, 2014 | 12.25 pm IST A Shivamogga based lawyer has filed an application to the Governor seeking permission to prosecute Housing Minister M H Ambareesh for using tax payers money to finance his medical bills to the tune of 1.16 crore! The minister was admitted in Bengaluru for an undisclosed ailment between February 21 and 28 in Bangalore, and was then airlifted to Singapore where he stayed until March 22.  Chief Minister Siddharamiah who was also holding the finance ministry portfolio, passed an order on Feb 28, 2014 which stated that the government was willing to reimburse all the expenses 'of the minister, besides the airfare for his wife, three doctors and his personal secretary', reported Deccan Herald. According to Government of India rules (Medical Attendance Rules 1958), ministers must be treated in the country if facilities exist and the maximum reimbursement in such cases is around INR 5 lakhs. Only under special cases, a minister can avail treatment abroad.  Read : Tax Payer To Foot Ambareesh’s Foreign Treatment Bill - Siddaramaiah The applicant Vinod B was quoted by the newspaper as, "If the beneficiary minister was incapable of footing his medical bills, the question would have been different. Here, the minister is a Kannada film actor , a former Union minister and a former MP. Moreover, the family conveyance and the conveyance of his personal physicians should not have to be considered for the reimbursement. It is a drain on the State treasury." He also said that the application was filed under Section 19 (1) of the Prevention of Corruption Act and the minister was 'liable for punishment for criminal misconduct.'

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