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Whistleblower doctor forced to cool heels

delhi Updated: Sep 08, 2009 01:45 IST
Sumit Saxena

A whistle blower doctor in Sushruta Trauma Centre and Lok Nayak Hospital cotton gauge scam in November 2006 is reeling under harassment by Delhi government.

The doctor has been asked to go on medical leave since July 2009.

But the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) in a recent order cited that the government's decision was without the backing of jurisdiction of power.

Dr Vikas Rampal, while serving as Casualty Incharge, Sushruta Trauma Centre, Civil Lines, exposed the supply of under sized cotton gauges in government hospitals.

Dr Rampal also exposed the rampant corruption in the purchase of various medical equipment including ICU beds and purchase in surgery department without any justification in Lok Nayak Hospital in Central Delhi.

He had accompanied anti-corruption officials and conducted various raids in hospitals.

In February 2007, the CBI had registered a case against him, accusing him of corruption in medical supplies. He was later discharged in the case.

“The Delhi government did not want me to expose the corruption in city hospitals,” said Dr Vikas Rampal.

“The Family and Welfare department of Delhi government breached its jurisdiction and relieved me of my services, and forced me on a medical leave.”

M. Ramachandran, Vice Chairman (CAT), in a recent order cited that prima facie it had been possible to establish by the applicant (Dr Rampal) that the order might have been without the backing of jurisdiction of power.

Ajesh Luthra, the complainant’s comnsel, said, “He belongs to central government cadre and the state government cannot exercise its powers in relieving him from his services.”

Two other doctors — Dr Sandeep Miglani and Dr Surender Singh — from central government cadre were similarly relieved from their services.

In Dr. Miglani’s case, the Central Administrative Tribunal has already issued contempt notice to Delhi Principal Secretary (Health).

“We all fought against corruption and this how we were rewarded. I was never charge sheeted in any corruption case,” said Dr Rampal.

Dr Rampal is presently posted at Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital, Mangolpuri.