Vigilance awaits adviser’s nod to book two doctors over forgery

  • Vishav Bharti, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Aug 04, 2015 10:23 IST

In a case of submitting forged academic certificate and issuance of unauthorised experience certificate, the UT vigilance cell is awaiting the UT adviser’s permission to register an FIR against a Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) department head and an associate professor working at Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32.

According to sources in the cell, UT SSP and cell in-charge Maneesh Chaudhry wrote to UT adviser Vijay Dev — also the chief vigilance officer —on May 6, 2015, to allow him to “register an FIR so that fair and impartial probe could be conducted” against Dr Rajinder Prasad, head of biochemistry department at the PGIMER, and Dr Gurjit Kaur of GMCH-32.

Dr Kaur had submitted certificates issued by the BRS Institute of Medical Sciences, Panchkula, to apply for the post of professor in the biophysics department at the PGIMER. However, the institute’s vigilance cell found that the certificate was not genuine. The PGIMER cancelled Kaur’s application and its chief vigilance officer Dr Surjit Singh informed the Central Vigilance Commission and the UT administration about the action taken on March 11 last year.

Later, a probe conducted by the UT vigilance cell found that Dr Prasad issued an experience certificate to Kaur in the field of biophysics despite not being authorised to do so. In the communication sent to the UT adviser, Chaudhry stated: “Hence, prima facie offence under Sections 420 (cheating), 468 (forgery), 471 (using a forged document), 474 (possession of forged document) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC read with Section 13(2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 is made out against Dr Prasad and Dr Kaur.”

“If approved, we may register the case,”wrote the SSP. UT adviser Vijay Dev told the HT to talk to Maneesh Chaudhry. Chaudhry said the police were yet to register an FIR.

Dr Gurjit Kaur refused to comment on the issue. Dr Prasad could not be contacted for comment as his phone was switched off.

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