Stages protest on the hospital premises
S. Jeya, an assistant surgeon of District Headquarters hospital presently under suspension, staged a protest on the hospital premises after the medical panel constituted to inquire into the allegations of caste discrimination raised by him did not turn up on Thursday.
Dr. Jeya was asked to appear before the one-member panel of Thiruvannamalai Joint Director of Health at 9 a.m.
The panel member was to hear Jeya's complaint lodged with the Superintendent of Police on September 27 in which he mentioned about the caste discrimination faced by him at the hands of some of his colleagues prior to the suspension.
He alleged that the panel did not turn up as the higher officials were not interested to solve his issue since he comes from Scheduled Caste community.
Dr. Jeya told reporters that his suspension was the result of mere caste bias and the resultant professional jealousy since the order issued itself did not carry any specific serious charges.
“The order issued by the Director of Medical and Rural Health Services on February 13, 2009, has only stated that “certain irregularities noticed” as the reason for suspension without mentioning the charges,” he said.
He further alleged that payments he was supposed to receive during the suspension period too was stalled.
Joint Director of Health (Tirupur) T. Natarajan clarified that the petitioner had been informed about the postponement by telegram. Dr. Jeya, however, denied of receiving any telegram.
The department sources said that there were charges against him and only on the basis of those allegations the suspension order was served.
Amid tense moment, senior revenue officials led by Tirupur Revenue Divisional Officer rushed to the spot and promised Dr. Jeya that his grievances would be addressed quickly.
Dr. Jeya later met Collector C. Samayamoorthy to brief the situation.