Punjab Medical Council (PMC) chief GS Grewal has accused minister for medical education and research Anil Joshi of protecting corrupt doctors.
In a letter to Joshi, Grewal said the minister had virtually given a clean chit to ghost teachers in various medical colleges by stalling inquiry against them. He also resented the minister's alleged interference in the functioning of the council.
"I am shocked over your good self issuing ex-party orders without giving me a chance to be heard where as you gave a hearing to those who are accused of serious unethical practices," Grewal said in his letter, while maintaining that the minister or the government can only intervene after the PMC has taken any action. "It cannot prevent the process being conducted by the statutory body like the PMC," said Grewal.
The PMC chief also made it clear that the council would not stall the proceedings against ghost teachers. "The prima facie violations of these ghost faculty members registered with the PMC involve both civil and criminal breach of law, including illegal financial transactions", he said.
Anil Joshi was not available for comments despite repeated attempts.
In March this year, the PMC had found more than 400 ghost teachers in four private medical colleges in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal. The PMC found that the doctors were shown to be working as full-time members of the faculty and drawing full salary, but they worked elsewhere and visited the college once a week or in 10 days to circumvent the Medical Council of India rules.
In a controversial move, Joshi had overruled the decision taken by the PMC against ghost teachers in medical colleges and had asked the council not to issue notices to doctors facing inquiry.