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HC bars AIIMS from sacking director

The Delhi High Court restrains the governing body of AIIMS from taking any action to remove P Venugopal.

india Updated: Oct 18, 2006 12:15 IST

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday restrained the governing body of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) from taking any action to remove the director, P Venugopal.

The governing body is scheduled to meet on Wednesday.

Justice P Anil Kumar delivered the judgment on a fresh application by Venugopal last week seeking court intervention against any move by the governing body to terminate his services. He directed the governing body not to take up for consideration any proposal seeking the controversial director's removal.

The judge directed the governing body to comply with the order until after the disposal of two petitions —one by Venugopal challenging the termination of his services and the other by a group of doctors who pleaded that his tenure had ended.

The high court had stayed the removal of Venugopal earlier this year. The governing body had decided to remove the renowned cardiologist from the post of director on grounds of misconduct.

The court has stayed the decision of the governing body to terminate Venugopal's services as well as restrained the union government from notifying the decision of the body.

First Published: Oct 18, 2006 10:58 IST