: K Radhakrishnan, Director of Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute of Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST) on Saturday denied allegations that he had committed financial irregularities in the management of a voluntary organisation set up for the benefit of epilepsy patients.

In a statement here, the administrative officer of the institute said the Epilepsy Self-Help Group was a charitable organisation registered under the Societies Registration Act of 1980, functioning under the guidance of the R Madhavan Nayar Centre for Comprehensive Epilepsy Care of the SCTIMST. “This organisation was established to support and help epilepsy patients. The aims and objectives of this society have been clearly specified in the registration documents. Dr. Radhakrishnan, as the in-charge of the epilepsy programme, is the Chief Patron of the Epilepsy Self-Help Group, which is an honorary position. The accounts of the Epilepsy Self-Help Group are duly audited. In addition, donations to the group are exempted from Income Tax under Section 80 G (5) (vi) of the Income Tax Act 1961,” he said.

The complaint of dual employment against the director was considered at different levels by higher authorities of the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, before his appointment was made in 2009. Dr. Radhakrishnan was an ad hoc lecturer in the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh from July 1, 1979 to October 8, 1979, which he resigned to join as lecturer in the then Sree Chitra Tirunal Medical Centre, Trivandrum, on October 22, 1979.

He left the services of the Sree Chitra Tirunal Medical Centre and joined as ad hoc lecturer at PGIMER, Chandigarh, on March 10, 1980. The Sree Chitra Tirunal Medical Centre became an autonomous body as an institution of national importance by an act of Parliament on March 1, 1981. Therefore, Dr. Radhakrishnan never held dual employment in the SCTIMST, Trivandrum, and PGIMER, Chandigarh, the statement said.

With regard to the allegations about claiming conveyance allowance, the statement said the conveyance allowance was admissible for those who maintain own motor car to visit the Institute outside working hours. Dr. Radhakrishnan owned 2 cars and he transferred a car to his driver. It is incorrect to say that he got conveyance allowance without owning a car, the statement said and added that the matter was now sub judice.