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KK?s fate hinges on Executive Council

AN EMERGENCY Executive Council meet will decide the fate of assistant professor KK Singh whether he can rejoin the department of general surgery at KGMU.

india Updated: Jun 01, 2006 00:03 IST

AN EMERGENCY Executive Council meet will decide the fate of assistant professor KK Singh whether he can rejoin the department of general surgery at KGMU.

Dr Singh’s official status presently remains as suspended for he has not been given space in the OPD, OT or lecture schedules of the department.

The EC meet is expected to be held on June 2 with two-point agenda where one is to discuss circumstances under which Dr KK Singh was suspended and the other to select a new member for the disciplinary committee. One of the members had withdrawn his name from the committee on health grounds.

“I heard about Dr Singh’s alleged joining of services but his status is still suspended for the decision to revoke suspension is with the EC which would be called once the varsity’s legal cell gives its opinion,” said vice chancellor Prof SK Agrawal.

Dr Singh was placed under suspension from January 19, after being arrested on charges of involvement in case of fire, violence and arson on KGMU campus that took place on the intervening night of January 11 and 12.

The EC had also endorsed the suspension orders in its meeting held on January 25 and a letter was served to Dr KK Singh on January 27, informing about the decision.

Released after four months on May 27, Dr Singh shot a letter to the vice chancellor office through the head of department on May 29, seeking permission to rejoin services against “deemed suspension.”

His letter created problem for the entire administrative wing that was sure about the word ‘suspension’ used for Dr Singh in the minutes of the EC minutes.

However, the letter served by the registrar to Dr Singh used the term ‘deemed suspended’ and also allowed subsistence allowance for the period of suspension.

Taking note of the term deemed suspension Dr Singh claimed his rejoining in accordance with the Lucknow University Statutes, which are also followed by the KGMU. He even made signatures in the attendance register on Tuesday.

Prof Agrawal, rejecting the joining plea of Dr Singh, called an emergency EC meeting. “He presently stands suspended as per the order passed in the previous EC meeting and only EC can revoke the suspension,” Prof Agrawal said.

Prof Agrawal even demanded explanation from the head of surgery department for allowing Dr Singh to make signature on attendance register.

But the HoD Dr Ramakant had his own reasons, “How can I stop one of the faculty member from roaming inside building or making signatures, even if he is under suspension. The letter shown to me has the term deemed suspension, which gets revoked when a faculty returns to rejoin services. Moreover Dr Singh has informed me about his joining through proper channel.”

Meanwhile, Dr Singh has sent a letter to the vice chancellor to involve any other senior advocate than Umesh Chandra. In his letter he has mentioned that Umesh Chandra is a relative of a faculty member with whom Dr Singh has an ongoing long tussle the matter be referred to some other lawyer.

He demanded a change in the lawyer as the varsity is taking a legal opinion against his request.