Two days after the arrest of the man who had used forged identification documents and secured the post of junior resident doctor at Bombay Hospital, the police are questioning the hospital’s human resource officials on his recruitment.
Zuber Qureshi, a medical college dropout, had assumed his old classmate Dr Meraj Shaikh’s identity and used his documents to secure a junior resident doctor’s post at the hospital.
This continued for six years until the police arrested him after the real Dr Shaikh, who lives in Nagpur, lodged a complaint against him.
Anil Mahabole, assistant commissioner of police of the Azad Maidan area, said they are recording the statements of all the employees of the hospital’s human resource department to find out why had they not verified Qureshi’s documents and credentials before hiring him.
Qureshi was working under Dr CA Somaya, a cardiothoracic surgeon. On Thursday, the hospital authorities had said that at the time of appointment, the original certificates submitted by Qureshi seemed reliable.
“The hospital should have checked the documents of Qureshi not just for legal purposes, but also because he is doctor and would be responsible for treating people,” said Mahabole. “We have also requested the passport authorities to cancel his passport, which we had seized from his hostel room.”
The matter came to light a few months ago when a friend told Dr Shaikh that he had met one Dr Meraj Shaikh at Bombay Hospital in Mumbai. Shaikh did not take him seriously but when he discovered that his namesake’s father’s name was the same as his, Shaikh suspected foul play and decided to investigate.
On learning that his previous classmate was in Mumbai and matched the description of the imposter, he arrived in Mumbai and lodged a case against him.
Qureshi is currently in police custody under charges of forgery and impersonation.