Upparpet Police in Dock on Doc’s Plaint
The Upparpet police are in the dock over a case of alleged fake registration of doctors. City Police Commissioner Raghavendra H Auradkar has ordered an enquiry into the allegations that Upparpet police received money from alternative medicine practitioners, who were arrested on charges of forgery and cheating.
The complaint filed by the managing director of the Karnataka Board of Homeopathic System of Medicine (KBHSM), Dr Aswathanarayana, in June, stated that some medical practitioners from Mysore had approached the department for registration. When the copies of certificates (diploma in alternative medicine) were sent to respective state boards, the reply from Maharashtra came back within 20 days ‘authenticating’ the certificate. However, the certificates of authentication were found to be forged. The accused doctors claimed that they had no role in forging the certificates and that one of the employees in Ayush Board, along with an agent, Uday Kumar, collected money for speedy process of registration. Francis C J, one of the practitioner’s husband, who approached the Police Commissioner, told Express: “Uday Kumar, who introduced himself as Preetam, collected `5 lakh from us for speedy registration.
We grew suspicious when we got a Speed Post along with the Maharashtra Board’s certificate whereas my wife’s certificate pertained to Kolkata Board.
Kumar advised me not to approach the Board on this. On September 16, he called me and asked my wife to come to Bangalore and, the same day, Upparpet police arrested her. Although Kumar has collected Rs 5 lakh each from all the practitioners, he has not been arrested. Later, the Investigating Officer, Shettar, snatched all the documents and said they will set the case right for Rs 2 lakh,” he said.