PGI writes to police for action, orders in-house vigilance probe too

  • Vishav Bharti, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jun 12, 2015 10:31 IST

The Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) administration on Thursday wrote to the police for appropriate action into the bribery calls being made to some of the candidates who had appeared in a test for the technician’s post.

In a separate development, the PGIMER director Dr YK Chawla has also marked an inhouse inquiry to be conducted by the institute’s vigilance cell. Sources said the probe would focus on finding out if someone from the institute was involved in making bribery calls to the job applicants. Hindustan Times had highlighted that how it appeared to be an insider’s handiwork going by the confidential information of candidates the caller shared with the applicants.

According to PGIMER officials, a written communication has been sent to the police. “We have asked for police action against anyone who is trying to extort money by using the institute’s name,” said PGIMER spokesperson Manju Wadwalkar. Hindustan Times on Wednesday had reported how several candidates, who had recently appeared in the test held for the post of technician, have been receiving calls, wherein the caller asked them to pay anywhere between Rs 2 lakh to Rs 4 lakh for securing the job at the PGIMER.

The caller, claiming to be a PGI official, had called only those who had cleared the written examination and got the interview calls. To probe their credibility, the caller also shared confidential information of the candidates. The calls being received by the candidates were coming from mobile number 75086-50905.

Significantly there were around 130 posts of junior laboratory technician, junior technician (X-ray) and operation theatre assistant, for which interviews were held on May 6 and the selection process is already complete, and there were 78 posts for medical technologists, for which examination were held in February.

The person, who made bribery calls, had access to the academic and personal information of the candidates. They called these candidates seeking Rs 10 to Rs 14 lakh for clearing the test, or from Rs 2 to Rs 4 lakh for clearing the interviews.

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