The owner of chemist shop who is accused of selling a “counterfeit” shunt used in the surgery of a six-week-old child is a “favourite” of Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) authorities here since he has been given three shops on the PGI campus in blatant violation of tendering terms and conditions.
As per the rules, more than one shop on the PGIMER premises can't be given to any allottee. Even a partner or close relative cannot get more than one shop.
Surprisingly, Shiv Kumar Goel, the owner of Baby Care Chemist now in the eye of a storm over the sale of a duplicate shunt, runs three shops at PGI: Sanjog Enterprises at old shopping complex and Delhi Medicos at the new shopping complex. Baby Care Chemist is running from Advanced Pediatrics Centre at the PGI.
PGI spokesperson Manju Wadwalkar however maintained that the owner was given only two shops, adding that the second shop was given after approval from the institute's estate committee since the Chandigarh chemist association had boycotted tendering process for the shops on the campus.
Contrary to PGI stand, documents available with Hindustan Times indicated that the said chemist was running three shops in the names of Uma Goel and Shiv Kumar Goel. Both have signed the balance sheets in tender documents for all three shops.
This PGI magnanimity towards the said chemist has raised suspicions on a nexus between him and some PGI officials. Last month, the union health ministry had sought a report from PGI administration as to why one chemist was given three shops on the institute premises.
“Even if the PGI administration wanted to change its policy to counter the chemist association, 13-14 chemists operating from the institute premises should have been given equal opportunity by the officials,” remarked a PGI doctor who had been associated with the estate branch dealing with the campus shops.
PGI marks inquiry into duplicate shunt
PGI administration has marked an inquiry into the case of sale of duplicate shunt used in the surgery of a six-week-old child. Dr SK Singh, professor of urology department, has been made chairman of the probe panel that would submit its report in eight days.