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NRI shrink to step down from mental health show

Raj Persaud, at the centre of allegations of plagiarism, will not present the new series of BBC's Radio 4's mental health programme.

india Updated: Apr 03, 2006 20:17 IST

Britain best known NRI psychiatrist, Raj Persaud, at the centre of allegations of plagiarism, will not present the new series of BBC's Radio 4's mental health programme.

Persaud has stepped down from BBC's All in the Mind show after allegations of plagiarism emerged, the National broadcaster said.

He had two articles retracted by different publications amid allegations that passages were reprinted word for word from a work by American academic Thomas Blass, a professor at the University of Maryland, the Guardian newspaper reported today.

"Dr Raj Persaud offered to stand down until this matter was resolved. The forthcoming series will be presented by a series of guest presenters, including Claire Hammond and Tanya Byron," a BBC spokeswoman said.

Persaud, who was a regular for years on the Richard and Judy This Morning sofa on ITV1, has presented the radio programme for six years.

An investigation into the allegations was launched in December by a review panel from the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London, and South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, where he is a consultant. It has yet to deliver its conclusions.

In December, the British Medical Journal retracted a review by Persaud of a biography of the social psychologist Stanley Milgram written by Prof Blass, citing "unattributed use of text from other published sources".