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Tainted doctor relieved from services

The Guru Gobind Singh Medical College authorities have filed a police complaint that the sympathisers of a former cancer department doctor had misbehaved with the university officials a few days ago.

punjab Updated: Oct 12, 2013 19:35 IST
Raghbir Singh Brar

The Guru Gobind Singh Medical College authorities have filed a police complaint that the sympathisers of a former cancer department doctor had misbehaved with the university officials a few days ago.

“The police have received a complaint from the principal's office of the medical college alleging that the sympathisers of Dr Manjeet Jaura, former assistant professor with the cancer department, had misbehaved with the some of the university officials and demanding action. We have already recorded the statement of the one of the affected officials. Action would be taken as per the rules,” said Gurmeet Singh Randhawa, senior superintendent of police, Faridkot.

Darshan Singh Sidhu, the registrar of the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, confirmed that the sympathisers of the Dr Jaura had misbehaved with him in his office. “The doctor had resigned about one-and-half-month ago and now his resignation has been accepted and he was relieved by the university authorities on Friday,” Sidhu confirmed.

Dr GC Ahir, the principal of GGS Medical College, also confirmed that Dr Jaura has been relieved from service.

“As the verification of the record of the cancer patients/medicines and all other documents pertaining to the chemist shops inside the medical college and hospital is underway, involvement of many others in the alleged loot of the cancer patients may come to the fore.

The university and medical college authorities are applying pressure tactics to silence the people who have highlighted the alleged irregularities in the cancer department,” said Gurpreet Singh Chandbaja, president of Bhai Kanahia Cancer Roko Seva Society, Faridkot.

“We are holding an awareness procession in Faridkot to highlight the alleged irregularities in the cancer department,” said Kultar Singh, vice-president of the society.

The Faridkot police had already arrested Puneet Tayal, who was sent to judicial custody on Saturday, the sole authorised chemist who was running five chemist shops in the medical college.

He is facing charges of cheating and forgery on the complaint of Jaspal Singh, who had alleged that besides overcharging him Rs 1,698 for the cancer medicines for the treatment of his daughter Harpreet Kaur, 18, the chemist had later issued him a fake bill worth Rs 2,304 and asked him to claim the amount from the chief minister's cancer relief fund.

“We have sought all the record related to about 800 cancer patients and documents pertaining to allotment process of chemist shops to Tayal,” said Gurjeet Singh Romana, DSP, Jaitu, who is heading the special investigation team probing the case.

Case against Dr Jaura

An assistant professor with the cancer department of Guru Gobind Singh Medical College, Dr Manjeet Jaura was booked by Bathinda police on September 13 under Section 420 (cheating) of the IPC on the complaint of one Usha Rani, a resident of Bathinda, who had accused the doctor of charging `5 lakh from her for treatment at a private hospital even as the the doctor was working with the medical college.

The doctor was granted a bail by a Bathinda court on September 30. The sympathisers of Dr Jaura had allegedly shouted slogans against the university authorities alleging that he was being harassed by the medical college authorities.