The CBI is set to begin a probe into alleged irregularities in the appointment of some of the 90-odd faculty members done by the central government in 2013 for six new All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) coming up in six cities.
The CBI is examining the irregularities after receiving a reference from the ministry of health and family welfare and a complaint from the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), said an agency source. The appointments were for 27 departments of the AIIMS coming up in Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Jodhpur, Patna, Raipur and Rishikesh under the central Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY).
“The irregularities were detected on the examination of a complaint submitted by three experts who were associated with the selection process of candidates for the posts of two professors and 10 assistant professors in the Ophthalmology department,” said a CVC source. The source said, “In a signed complaint made to the CVC, the experts had alleged manipulation and tampering of marks secured by the short-listed candidates and of the merit list that was eventually prepared.”
“As a result... a few persons were appointed even though they were in the waiting list and that too in the lower half of it,” said the source. “Prima facie purported irregularities were found not only in the appointments made for faculty positions in the Ophthalmology department, but also in other departments,” said the source.