AIIMS meeting off to stormy start
BJP leader VK Malhotra walking out in a huff minutes after the meeting of AIIMS body began.india Updated: Oct 18, 2006 12:25 IST
The meeting of the 17-member decision-making body of AIIMS called to discuss allegations against Institute Director P Venugopal got off to a tumultous start, with BJP leader VK Malhotra walking out in a huff minutes after it began.
"The meeting is illegal, improper, unconstitutional and sub-judice," Malhotra told reporters as he walked out of the meeting.
He said he was unhappy that minutes of the July 5 meeting were circulated to members only on Wednesday after the meeting started.
Malhotra also said the minutes had no mention of the decision taken against Venugopal in the previous meeting.
Launching an attack on Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss, who was chairing the meeting and has been at loggerheads with Venugopal, the BJP leader said, "It's the minister's way of humiliating a senior surgeon who has been honoured by Parliament."
The issues raised against Venugopal in Wednesday's meeting include outbreak of dengue and anti-reservation protests on the campus.
"If there is an outbreak of dengue in Delhi, it is the minister's fault and he should take the blame," Malhotra said.