In violation of professional ethics as well as service rules, a doctor from the department of orthopaedics at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, established a pharmaceutical company and started prescribing its medicines to the patients.
Information gathered by the Hindustan Times shows that Dr Vishal Kumar, an assistant professor, department of orthopaedics, along with other partners, formed a company, Xenophill Pharmaceutical Limited in 2011.
The company, which is registered with the ministry of corporate affairs, manufactures antibiotics and calcium, which are routinely prescribed at the premier medical institute.
As per the memorandum of association of the company, its partners are Dr Vishal Kumar, son of Lallan Singh; Surender Singh Deswal, a resident of Baddi; Rajiv Kumar Kashyap of Delhi; Sumeet Sood of Sector 38 West, Chandigarh; Rajiv Kumar of Sector 38, Chandigarh; and Dr Manpal Singh Nirula.
The document was prepared and signed in Delhi on June 16, 2011, a copy of which is available with HT, states, “We the several persons, whose names and addresses are subscribed below, are desirous of forming a company in pursuance of this memorandum of association and we respectively agree to take the number of shares in the capital of the company.”
In the partnership deed, Dr Kumar’s name has been listed on serial number seven. He has been mentioned as a professional, who is a well-known doctor and has served as president of Association of Resident Doctors of PGIMER.
He has been mentioned as a resident of Room No 158, Block-K, Married Doctors’ Hostel, PGIMER, Sector 12, Chandigarh.
Each partner of the company, including Dr Kumar, has signed the memorandum of association.
A company secretary, Vishal Rai has testified the signatures of each partner in his handwriting stating, “I do hereby witness the signature of all the subscribers in my presence.”
Dr Kumar, who claimed to have only seen these documents a month back, said, “These are not my signatures. Someone has forged my signatures. I never visited Delhi on the day it was signed.”
When asked to explain the reasons for not having lodged a police complaint regarding the forgery of his signatures even as he had the possession of the documents for a month, he said, “I have not received any official document so far.”
The head of orthopaedics department at the PGIMER Dr Raj Bahadur refused comment. Previously, in response to a RTI query, the PGIMER had clarified that any doctor with the institute cannot have shares in any company in the pharma business.