NEW DELHI: With the Supreme Court judgment that sanction to prosecute a public servant has to be given within three months, the health ministry has been forced to act. It's giving sanction to prosecute four government servants. The fifth on the CBI chargesheet is former health minister A Ramadoss.
Ramadoss is accused of helping the medical college in Indore, the Index Medical college, to function. Ramadoss allegedly allowed Index Medical College to admit students in 2008, just hours after the Supreme Court said a firm no.
The Medical Council of India inspected the college thrice in 2008, each time refusing to renew permission to the college but a team of two doctors sent by the Health Ministry gave the college a green signal.
Two Health Ministry officials then pushed the file to Ramadoss for his approval. The CBI is now set to chargesheet Ramadoss and the two doctors and the two health ministry officials in the case.
The recent Supreme Court judgement saying that sanction to prosecute govt servants must come within three months forced the Health Ministry to consult the CVC. The CVC has given its go-ahead for the officials to be prosecuted.
The MCI's final inspection of the college, ordered by the Supreme Court, had made startling findings - shortage of teaching faculty was over 30 per cent, bed occupancy just 50 per cent. The owner of the college is accused by the CBI of forging the signatures of 40 doctors on the attendance sheet during inspection by the health ministry team.
Documents with CNN-IBN clearly show the MCI had recommended that permission for admission should not be given.
Till now it was the Medical Council of India that was accused of corruption by the CBI but a finger of suspicion was always pointing at the health ministry. Now with the CBI probing the former health minister the political nexus in the way medical education in India has been dangerously compromised is getting established.