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Vishav Bharti, Hindustan Times
CHANDIGARH, October 03, 2013
An internal inquiry panel of the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) has recommended action against the head of the department of pharmacology, Dr Amitava Chakrabarti, for mentally harassing a colleague, Dr Nusrat Shafiq, an assistant professor in the same department.

In her complaint to PGIMER director, Dr Shafiq alleged that Dr Chakrabarti had humiliated her in a department meeting last year in the presence of the entire department faculty. She had walked out of the meeting crying and approached the director and dean office. Besides, there were several other allegations against Dr Chakrabarti regarding the day-to-day functioning of the department.

Director Dr YK Chawla constituted a committee led by former head, department of neurology, Dr JS Chopra, which examined the matter for several months and also called all the faculty members present at the meeting as witnesses. The report was now submitted the director, and it is learnt that it has found serious misconduct on the part of Dr Chakrabarti. It has thus recommended action against him. Dr Chopra said he had submitted the report to the director: "My job is over.

Now it is up to the PGIMER administration as to what action they will take."

Institute spokesperson Manju Wadwalkar said the PGIMER administration was still examining the report. Sources said the director had sought the response of Dr Chakrabarti. According to provisions in the PGIMER Act, it is the governing body of the institute that can take action against any faculty member.

When contacted, Dr Chakrabarti said: "I am a government employee bound by certain services rules, so I can't comment."

Dr Chakrabarti is no stranger to controversy. Earlier, he had allegedly received a courier meant for another faculty member and never handed it over. According to the FIR in the matter, Dr Samir Malhotra, additional professor, pharmacology department, had said he had not received one of his couriers delivered by Blue Dart courier firm. The package had confidential data and essential research material. The courier delivery person had told the cops that Dr Chakrabarti had received the package with the commitment that he'd hand it over to Dr Malhotra. The police registered a case but have named no one in the FIR.