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Alma mater proves tormentor for siblings

They came here from the US in 1996 to become doctors but are now fighting for their lives. Though they got their medical degrees in 2005, NRIs Manish Kumar and Monica Kumar are devastated today, reports Satya Prakash.

delhi Updated: Feb 06, 2010 01:27 IST
Satya Prakash

They came here from the US in 1996 to become doctors but are now fighting for their lives. Though they got their medical degrees in 2005, NRIs Manish Kumar and Monica Kumar are devastated today.

Their alma mater Santosh Medical College and Hospital, Ghaziabad, proved to be their tormentor, they claim.

It began in April 2000, four years after they joined the college, when their father Dr Narendra Kumar loaned the college a sum of Rs 25 lakh at the request of its Chairman and MD Dr. P Mahalingam.

“When our father demanded the money back in July 2000, the college began harassing us. My sister was failed in Pharmacology and I was not allowed to sit for two exams and MBBS Part-I exams,” Manish told HT.

“Several false cases were slapped on us and police have assaulted us at Dr Mahalingam’s behest,” the duo alleged.

Monica said, “The college has paid back Rs 25 lakh including interest since then but almost the same amount is due to us.”

The latest incident happened on May 28, 2009, when they were assaulted, tortured and detained for five hours by the police, led by Anil Samania, SHO P.S. Sector 39, Noida, they said in the petition.

The incident occurred when they went to serve a notice issued by the Supreme Court to Samania on their petition seeking a CBI probe into the incidents that happened against them in the last one decade. Later, the SC had asked them to approach the Allahabad High Court which dismissed their plea. Now they have challenged an Allahabad High Court order dismissing their petition for an independent probe.

A bench headed by Justice Dalveer Bhandari asked the Union Home Ministry, CBI UP Government, the college, Dr Mahalingam, Samania, and S.S.P. Ghaziabad to respond to the petition after advocate Prashant Bhushan said on behalf of the petitioners that they had been subjected to both physical and mental torture.

“Their case is worse than that of Ruchika Girhotra. Here the girl did not commit suicide. She has been repeatedly beaten up, failed in examinations and even jailed,” Bhushan said.

On the college’s behalf, several senior counsel denied the allegations and sought dismissal of the petition.