800 people allegedly granted degrees and diplomas from these institutions are practising in the country.
Patna: An Ara-based Council for Patent Medicine (Bihar Varsity) has been charged of granting illegal affiliation to several medical colleges to impart education in all three streams of medicine – allopathic, homoeopathic and Unani/ayurvedic. An FIR has been lodged in this connection by the Central Bureau of Investigation on Thursday, at the directive of the Patna High Court.
The court had found gross malpractice in the grant of affiliations to medical colleges at Faridabad, Haryana, Muzaffarpur, Bihar, Bangalore and Calcutta.
The report filed by the Additional Superintendent, CBI, Patna, K. Bhattacharya holds Dr Gaya Prasad Nirbhay, Chairman of the Council of Patent Medicine, Ara (Bhojpur), Dr H.K. Srivastava, Director, JP Institute of Patent Medical Science and Hospital, Muzaffarpur, and officials of the registration department as the accused.
The case has been lodged under sections 120B read with 420 of IPC and Section 13(2) read with 13(1)(d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988. Deputy Superintendent of Police, CBI, Patna. Lalit Kumar Jaiswal has been appointed as the investigation officer for the case.
A 200-page report had been submitted by Sunil Kumar an ID rank officer, (Presently an Additional Director-General of Police with the vigilance bureau) to the court which had ordered for the same keeping in mind the widespread after effects of the malpractice, reported the Telegraph.
800 people allegedly granted degrees and diplomas from these institutions are practising in the country. The malpractice surfaced when individuals from Faridabad, in possession of degrees awarded by a Haryana-based medical college, that the Council for Patent Medicine had recognized, approached the High Court for relief.
It was when the Haryana government stopped them from practising as doctors that they moved the Patna High Court. The headquarters of the university that granted affiliation to the Haryana-based college is located in Ara, 60km west of Patna.