Eco forum had opposed setting up of medical college

The Kozhikode Vigilance Inquiry Commissioner and Special Judge has decided to drop a case in connection with the allegations relating to the setting up of a private medical college and super-speciality hospital at the ecologically fragile area near the Karapuzha reservoir in Wayanad district.

Vigilance Judge V. Jayaram issued the orders on the basis of a report submitted by the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau (VACB) Deputy Superintendent of Police of Wayanad unit that further action was not required.

Previously, the court had asked the Dy.SP to carry out an inquiry after P.G. Hari, a medical practitioner and chairman of the Karapuzha Samrakshana Janakeeya Samithi, submitted a petition in this regard.

The petitioner has named Usha Titus, former Secretary, Department of Health, as the first accused; Azad Mooppan, chairman and managing trustee of D.M. Education Foundation Trust, as the second accused; and Utteri Basher, owner of Meppadi Plantation Private Ltd., as the third accused in the criminal miscellaneous petition.

Dr. Hari, in his petition, alleged that Ms. Titus had fabricated a document stating that Dr. Azad, who is the chairman of Malabar Institute of Medical Sciences in Kozhikode and Kottakkal, owned and managed a hospital — Wayanad Institute of Medical Sciences (WIMS) — of 300 beds in Wayanad district.

She had also certified that all the clinical materials as per the Medical Council of India norms were available at the hospital, he said.

The Vigilance Department had conducted a detailed inquiry, collecting information from the Panchayat, village office, the Forest Department, Kerala Pollution Control Board, Karapuzha Project Office, Kerala Health Department, and the Revenue Department, besides examining 20 documents and questioning about 13 persons.

In a press release issued here on Thursday, the management said WIMS, with the support of 200 doctors, had more than 400 beds and most modern facilities, catering to almost 1,000 patients a day.

The above mentioned petition had been filed with ulterior motives by the petitioner and his group only for the purpose of satisfying a sadistic pleasure and gaining media publicity, it said.

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