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Venugopal turn tables on minister

The beleaguered AIIMS director charges Ramadoss with holding office of profit, seeking his disqualification.

india Updated: Jul 07, 2006 18:48 IST

Challenging the move for his removal, beleaguered AIIMS chief P Venugopal on Thursday sought to turn the table on Union Health Minister A Ramadoss seeking his disqualification as an MP.

Venugopal has accused Ramadoss of holding an office of profit as the president of AIIMS.

Earlier, the Centre had told the Delhi High Court that it was willing to withdraw the order recommending Venugopal's sacking provided he relinquished the post on his own.

Additional Solicitor General Gopal Subramaniam, appearing for the Union Government, also gave an undertaking to the court that the July-5 resolution of the Insitute's Governing Council authorising the Director's termination would not come into be effect till the issue was settled by the court.

Earlier in the day in his petition filed through counsel Abhinav Mukherji, Venugopal, while terming the decision to sack him as "illegal and unsustainable", sought disqualification of Ramadoss from Parliament as, according to him, the Minister attracted disqualification under Article 102 as he was holding an office of profit by being the president of AIIMS.

The petition stated that the Minister and several of his personal staff were receiving pecuniary benefits from the AIIMS in the form of salaries and perks.