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Vigilance functioning under pressure

india Updated: Jul 07, 2006 01:03 IST

THE State Vigilance Establishment, it seems, has proved adept in ‘re-writing’ its own investigation.

The department officers are in a fix over the prevailing situation, as after several years of thorough probe, their exercise has virtually gone astray.
During the last few months, the Vigilance has reversed its own investigations to bail out a few officers. But last month, the department in order to give a clean chit to a private medical college in Ghaziabad sent a proposal to the government to shelve the criminal proceedings against college.

The Vigilance had lodged an FIR against then vice-chairman of Ghaziabad Development Authority RP Tyagi who has already retired and the chairman of Maharji Educational Trust, Dr P Mahaligam, who had set up Santosh Medical College in 1996 without fulfilling the conditions about land availability under Medical Council of India rules.

Highly placed government sources told HT on Thursday that the entire exercise of the Vigilance was to bail out Dr Mahalingam because the daughter of a powerful minister was a student in the medical college.

The case was about the fake land allotment by the GDA to the medical college. The GDA in a certificate to the MCI had said that it had provided medical college with the land. It is learnt that the Vigilance had sent a fudged report to the government. But chief Secretary NC Bajpai, presumably not knowing the deal, raised objection to it and sought some clarifications from the Vigilance vide DO letter 3915/39-3-06-51(80/96 dated June 8, 2006. According to preliminary Vigilance probe, the land allotment was not done properly because the GDA could not prove that the land was allotted to the medical college.

While the GDA had not allotted the land officially, Dr Mahalingam presumed that it was allotted to him. Subsequently, he told the MCI about it.

The government sources said that the changed Vigilance report quoting Dr Mahalingam pointed out that under the medical regulation of 1993, there was no need for specific land area for the medical college. Dr Mahalingam claimed to have possessed 30 acres land in January 1996. 



However, the case was registered at Sihanigate in Ghaziabad last year under sections 420, 468, 471 and 120 of the IPC. Sources said that SP the Vigilance Meerut HR Sharma was pressured in last week of June to ‘re-write’ the report. The Vigilance had earlier given clean chit to an IAS officer Sunanda Prasad, LDA vice chairman BB Singh and forest officer DR Bansal. In IAS officer Vijay Shankar Pandey case, the Vigilance had exonerated him but later the report was allegedly fabricated to implicate him under pressure of rival IAS lobby in the State.