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Updated: April 28, 2012 01:56 IST

CBI chargesheets Anbumani for ‘abuse of office'

Jiby Kattakayam
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Anbumani Ramadoss
Anbumani Ramadoss

The Central Bureau of Investigation on Friday chargesheeted the former Union Health Minister, Anbumani Ramadoss, for criminal misconduct amounting to abuse of official position by a public servant for allegedly allowing the Indore-based Index Medical College Hospital and Research Centre (IMCHRC) to function without adequate faculty members and facilities.

Besides Dr. Ramadoss, nine persons have been named accused in the 36-page-chargesheet. Along with the PMK leader, K. V. Rao, a director in the Cabinet Secretariat; Sudarshan Kumar, section officer in the Health and Family Welfare Ministry; Dr. J. S. Dhupia and Dr. D. K. Gupta, two senior faculty members at Delhi's Safdarjung Hospital; and IMCHRC chairman Suresh Bhadoria have been chargesheeted under the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

The CBI has also booked Mr. Bhadoria and other IMCHRC officials, including the former dean Dr. S.K. Tongia, medical director Dr. K.V. Saxena, human resource manager Nitin Gothwal and director of administration Pawan Bhambani for cheating and forgery.

The CBI alleged that Mr. Bhadoria conspired with Dr. Ramadoss and two officers in his Ministry to have the college inspected by a Central team comprising Dr. Dhupia, Head of the Pathology Department, and Dr. Gupta, Head of the Hematology Department at Safdarjung Hospital, to obtain a favourable report for facilitating renewal of the college to allow admissions for another year.

This despite inspection teams of the Medical Council of India Executive Board and the Ad-hoc Committee constituted by the Supreme Court repeatedly pointing out that the college did not have sufficient faculty and clinical material, as required under MCI norms.

Further, the CBI alleged, the Supreme Court was not apprised of the inspection by Dr. Dhupia and Dr. Gupta though the matter had been pending before it.

Along with the charge sheet, a list of 117 prosecution witnesses and 208 documents has been filed in the court of Special Judge Talwant Singh. The college was given approval for an intake of 150 students in the first year for the 2007-08 academic session. But an MCI inspection noticed inadequate faculty and bed occupancy in the hospital, and consequently renewal for 2008-09 was withheld.

A second MCI team also found deficiencies, despite a compliance report filed by IMCHRC in response to the first report.

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Names of all the doctors involved in this Medical scam including A.Ramadossa should be struck off from medical register. MCI should take suo motu notice and do it in its next BOG meeting Scheduled for 30/4/2012.

from:  Dr Mohinder Kumar
Posted on: Apr 29, 2012 at 18:46 IST

If UPA 2 sacrifices good governance under the pretext of coalition Dharma, it should be prepared for its rout in 2014 election.

from:  Syed
Posted on: Apr 28, 2012 at 16:23 IST

It is,indeed, a sad commentary that we are paying dearly for a Coalision Dharma
based on unprincipled alliance. It is well-known that each Minster of the Coalison, including Anbumani considered his portfolio as his personal fiefdom and as such could take decisions independently without let or hindrance. It is no doubt shocking to note that Anbumani and many others in the medical profession are involved in a major scam concerning a medical college at Indore. Speedy trial of the accused persons and punishment to those found guilty shall meet the ends of justice.

from:  T.S.SREENIvasan
Posted on: Apr 28, 2012 at 05:27 IST

Due to coalition party political pressure,UPA chose to place a puppet in pedestal.Anbhumani is just fit to run a Preliminary Health centre under constant supervision of a senior doctor. To give him Cabinet rank of Health Minister will turn Hippocrates in grave.He is proved to be corrupt besides arrogant and inefficient.

from:  sankaran
Posted on: Apr 28, 2012 at 05:18 IST

Being a graduate from madras medical college, one of the prestigious institute of the country, Dr. Ramadoss has brought shame to this noble profession. He should either be a politician or a doctor...cannot be both. After all this its a wonder how he still gets addressed as a doctor. One of the very many fallacies of the medical council of India.There is no regulation or probity prescribed by the council towards its members.If this was the General medical council,UK, just being found drunk at work will lead to your name being struck off its register.

from:  Pooja
Posted on: Apr 28, 2012 at 02:54 IST

As Union Health Minister, it was his duty to ensure that Medical Colleges follow Govt. regulations in all respects in order to maintain adequate standards of medical education of future medical professionals; instead, he subverted the process for greed. Nothing short of a long jail sentence will send message to future Ministers and high officials that such behaviour will never be tolerated. This was also the guy who gave a hard time to renowned surgeon Dr. Venugopal, the former Director of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi, forcing him to quit.

from:  PRSrinivasan
Posted on: Apr 28, 2012 at 02:35 IST

Corrupt ketan desai MCI director was caught for granting recognition to private medical college in Patiala. Dr Anbumani Ramdoss almost in same case of Indore shows a connivance of health minsitry and MCI doctors.Do u think in such a scenario already grim health sector will devlop. There were large scale connivance of bureaucrats, section officer..... as all were party to this loot. Will the people,s judiciary punish them or bail them in a month.Indian corrupts are not severely punished so these economic terrorists are flourishing.

from:  Dr Imteyaz
Posted on: Apr 28, 2012 at 01:59 IST

Dr. Anbumani Ramdoss's tenure had seen many controversies. This is another feather" in his cap. God knows how many will be unearthed ïn the days to come.Coalition Dharma!

from:  P.S.Arunachalam
Posted on: Apr 27, 2012 at 19:12 IST
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