President of the Faculty Association of AIIMS AB Dey, considered close to Union Health Minister A Ramadoss, resigned on Thursday from his post, a fall-out of the tussle between the minister and Institute Director P Venugopal.
The resignation of Dey is yet another important development in the running battle between Venguopal and Ramadoss, with majority of the Association office bearers being considered supporters of the Director.
A source in the Institute said Dey's resignation was immediately accepted by the FAAIIMS' General Body which met in New Delhi.
In a letter addressed to the FAIMS Secretary, Dey said "taking full responsibility of the recent developments involving the Faculty Association, I resign from the post of the President, FAIMS."
Dey said "some of his statements, circulated in the media, were his personal opinions and not that of the association."
He also apologised to members who "may have been hurt" by any of his acts of "omission and commission " since he took over as President of the FAIMS in May 2003.
Vice President and the General Secretary of the FAIMS had earlier distanced the Association from the comments of Dey regarding the anti-reservation agitation, which were circulated on the FAIMS letterhead.