Leaks to media: PGI docs turn conspiracy theorists

  • Vishav Bharti, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: May 28, 2015 10:32 IST

Unable to digest the reporting of the proceedings of the general body meeting of the PGIMER Faculty Association by the media, the doctors have found ‘weird conspiracy theories’ behind ‘leakages’ of minutes of the meeting.

The sources revealed that in an internal communication, the doctors have proposed all possible weird solutions to plug the leakages — such as handing over the matter to the UT cyber crime branch to calling it a handiwork of some ‘lower-level’ officials.

As per the communication, the copy of which is with Hindustan Times, Dr Manish Rathi, general secretary of the association, said, “The executive committee unanimously condemns the activity of its member(s) and urges all to refrain from any such activity in the future.” He also called the faculty members to “please stop this and behave like an educated society.”

The entire communication hit a new low when an assistant professor of orthopaedics, Dr Sarvdeep Singh Dhatt, boasted, “If all who were in possession of the minutes of the meeting — right from the drafter — agree, then it’s an hour’s job to find out the culprit with the help of the UT cyber crime branch.”

The head of the same department, Dr MS Dhillon, said many internal and confidential letters of some departments were also being leaked to the press. “So please see at which level this is happening. There is need to be careful from some people — maybe at the lower level — who have been “nurtured” by those who want to print stuff.”

Two assistant professors, who were recently issued chargesheet owing to some financial irregularities, said the practice must not only be curbed, but the person, who is responsible for this, should be identified for necessary action.

A senior professor, who earlier served as office bearer of the Faculty Association and also as the head of the department, seeking anonymity, said, “Those making funny remarks don’t even know there is a difference between the executive committee and the general body meeting. A general body meeting is, sometimes, attended by hundreds of people.

How can you gag the media?”

They, he said, are doing nothing but making fool out of themselves.

Another professor, who once served as president of the Faculty Association, said the same association that is condemning the leaks to the media, was once opposing the director’s gag orders stopping doctors from talking to the media.

Pertinent that, in the past one week, Hindustan Times and an another newspaper reported multiple news items of the proceedings of the meeting of the faculty association.

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