Raising objections to the composition of a Punjab and Haryana high courtappointed committee to monitor the affairs of a department at Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, proved dear to a department head.
The high court not only termed him obstinate and egoist, but also stood behind the committee stating that it would entertain no objection against the composition or the report given by the committee.
The high court adverse comments came against PGI’s pharmacology department head Dr Amitava Chakrabarti, who was allowed to continue as the head of department (HoD), but a committee of institute doctors was appointed by the high court to give reports on the functioning of all, including Dr Chakrabarti.
The high court made it clear that since the members of the committee were persuaded to spare their time and to help the court in defusing the crisis, no objection against its composition or the report would be entertained.
“Proceedings of two meetings (cited in a report given to the high court) do indicate the obstinate and egoist attitude of respondent no. 2 (Chakrabarti), who appears to have neither reconciled with the composition of monitoring committee nor is inclined to make any sincere effort to infuse cordiality or to lead the department through statesmanship,” the high court division bench of justice Surya Kant and justice PB Bajanthri tersely recorded in its order on the objections on the composition of committee by Chakrabarti.
The high court also advised him to take all the possible remedial measures regarding deficiencies pointed out by the committee and hoped that he would not indulge in “avoidable criticism or favouritism” amongst the staff and would act “fairly and impartially”.
The objections by Chakrabarti have not been made public as reports are being submitted in a sealed cover. However, sources said he had raised objections over the inclusion of a doctor in the committee. The committee members include Dr Arvind Rajwanshi of the PGI’s cytology department, Dr Pratibha Dutta Singhi of paediatrics and Dr Jagat Ram of ophthalmology.
The committee has also been told that wherever necessary, it could reverse the orders of Chakrabarti to restore a conducive environment in the department. Chakrabarti has also not been allowed to file a counter reply on the report.
In January, Chakrabarti was allowed to continue as head of department by the high court but restricted him to take any decision relating to his two colleagues — Dr Sameer Malhotra and Dr Nusrat Shafiq — with whom he reportedly had runins in the past. The high court appointed the committee and sought reports.
The PGIMER had removed him as the head of department following complaints of misbehaviour by Dr Shafiq.
An internal inquiry found Chakrabarti guilty. But he got reprieve from the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT).