The Medical Council of India (MCI) has sacked its secretary Sangeeta Sharma and relieved her of the charge with immediate effect.
Sharma's termination order came in the wake of Health Ministry's nod to MCI for sacking her, after which its Board of Governors took the decision at its meeting on Friday.
While Sharma was not available for comments, sources said the differences between her and Chairman of MCI Board of Governors K K Talwar had resulted in the action.
Controversies had surrounded Sharma's appointment soon after she joined in March last year, with a probe initiated into her appointment on grounds that the same was in violation of rules as she did not fulfil the eligibility criteria and was also facing charges of corruption. Sharma's appointment was also made without seeking the approval of the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC).
Sharma joined the MCI during the time of previous Chairman of its Board of Governors S K Sarin and Talwar was opposed to her ever since he took over last year.
She had also put in her papers in June last year alleging harsh treatment by the Council's new Board of Governors. She later took back her resignation after the BoG assured her of good work environment.
MCI, the country's medical regulatory body, was embroiled in an unsavoury controversy two years ago when its then chairman Ketan Desai was caught while taking bribe and arrested by the CBI on charges of corruption.