Staff Reporter

Bangalore: In what can be construed as a violation of directions issued by the Union Health Ministry, Director of NIMHANS D. Nagaraja is preventing Registrar M.V. Savitri from resuming office by continuing to keep it locked.

The Registrar was abruptly moved out of her post by Dr. Nagaraja without a formal order on December 22. During his visit to the city on December 25, the Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad had said that she had been reinstated.

Sources in NIMHANS said that Ms. Savitri was removed because she had published a notification inviting applications for the post of Director (as instructed by the Union Health Ministry) as Dr. Nagaraja’s extended tenure ends on January 30. But Dr. Nagaraja reportedly told the heads of departments that the State Government had recalled Ms. Savitri’s services from NIMHANS.

With the Union Health Ministry having appointed a search committee to select a new Director for NIMHANS, the Registrar was supposed to receive the applications. Sources said that Dr. Nagaraja has appointed one of the deans from the organisation, S.K. Shankar, who is a neuro-pathologist, to receive the applications. “He had called an emergency meeting of heads of departments on Tuesday afternoon and the decision to appoint Dr. Shankar was okayed and conveyed to the Government after the meeting,” sources said.