The Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court has directed the state government to furnish details about steps taken against 21 erring officers of Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS), Lucknow within eight weeks.
The officers were accused of indulging in corrupt practices. SGPGIMS' Medi Tech Association president DK Singh had filed a PIL bringing up the charges.
The directive was passed by a division bench, comprising Chief Justice F I Rebello and Justice Shri Narayan Shukla, after taking note of an affidavit filed by principal secretary, Medical Education, Kumar Arvind Singh Dev on Friday.
The court had summoned Dev to explain as to why action was not taken on the preliminary enquiry report of November 7, 2008, which prima facie proved right allegations against the 21 officers, including former directors, serving senior administrative officers, medical superintendent and president of selection committee.
C B Pandey, counsel for the association, sought directions from the court to the state government to act as per the preliminary enquiry report.
Dev tendered an apology for the delay, through the affidavit, and stated that after receiving the interim report, the competent authority took a decision to get the matter probed in detail.
Dr Lalit Verma, former secretary, Medical Health, was nominated as enquiry officer on August 4, 2009. Since, he got transferred on February 16, 2010 he requested that the probe be handed over to another officer.
In July, 2010 it was decided by the government that since the officers found guilty belonged to different ranks and their disciplinary authorities were different, suitable directives be issued to the director, who is their appointing authority.
It was further decided that the matter be referred the 'visitor', the president and principal secretary, Finance for taking appropriate action against the officials.
On behalf of the State, it was informed that on August 19, 2010 a letter had been issued, annexing the preliminary enquiry report, directing the director, SGPGIMS to take further action.
The letter, which was submitted before the court, reveals the names of former directors Professor Mahendra Bhandri, Dr AK Mahapatra, Dr Kartar Singh, former finance officers Vishambher Nath, Shiv Hori Singh Yadav and Mohan Singh, former joint director, Administration, Dr SK Shukla, and former office superintendent DK Pant.
The names of currently posted officers are medical superintendent, Dr AK Bhatt, senior administrative officers, Jai Shankar Prasad, Bharat Singh, senior cost accountants, SK Asthana, RP Kothari, assistant administrative officer, AK Singh, assistant director,
Audit Abul Fazal, president selection committee, Pradeep Jha, members selection committee, Gita Vashisath, Dr. AK Verma, nursing superintendent Usha Rani, assistant Mata Prasad and administrative officer AR Swaroop.