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Research misconduct: Chargesheeted PGI doctor ‘accepts fault’

Dr Pinaki Dutta, one of the four doctors chargesheeted by the officiating director of the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) for research misconduct, has accepted his fault in a reply he has filed, it has been learnt.

punjab Updated: Mar 18, 2017 16:05 IST
Tanbir Dhaliwal
Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh.
Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh.(HT File Photo)

Dr Pinaki Dutta, one of the four doctors chargesheeted by the officiating director of the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) for research misconduct, has accepted his fault in a reply he has filed, it has been learnt.

Dr Dutta of the endocrinology department along with Dr Santosh Kumar of the urology department were issued notices for unethical practice for making false claims in a research paper, “Prostatic hyperplasia in acromegaly, a myth or reality: A case-control study” that was published in the European Journal of Endocrinology.

The issue was highlighted after Dr Nandita Kakkar, senior pathologist and one of the co-authors of the paper, complained to the PGI dean about the research misconduct and she disassociated herself from the study.

Kakkar had complained that Dr Dutta’s claim of examining biopsy samples was false as biopsies were never processed in her laboratory. The issue was marked to the PGI ethics committee which found him guilty.

Besides Dr Dutta and Dr Santosh Kumar, two more doctors — Dr Amitava Chakravarti, head of pharmacology department and Dr Rakesh Sehgal, head of parasitology department — were charge-sheeted recently for research misconduct in separate cases.

PGI officiating director Dr Subhash Varma said, “I will comment once the inquiry is complete.”

Dr Pinaki Dutta could not be reached for comment despite repeated attempts.