Puducherry: Maintaining that the PG Medical Admission which had invited a CBI probe and filing of FIR against officials is a case of colossal failure of political and administrative leadership at all levels, Lt. Governor Kiran Bedi said that it is time for the Chief Minister and Minister for Health, in particular, to take the responsibility for this and also the embarrassment to Puducherry.
In a Whatsapp message, Dr. Bedi said CBI would not have registered an FIR of this scale without credible evidence. he said that she has no doubt that the CBI will investigate whose instructions the officers were carrying out. Alongside is the role of the Chief Secretary for failing to ensure due coordination between the departments for effective corrective action, she added.
She said had the parents association and the students not repeatedly complained and informed the MCI, and the Lt.Governor’s office not intervened, had the government of the day paid heed to the report of the Justice Chitra Venkataraman listing out all that went wrong, had the MCI not taken strong action and had the PIL not fructified and the Madras High Court not passed the clear order and had the SC not declined to stay the pleas of private medical colleges, injustice would have prevailed.
The Lt.Governor said it is not any outsider who has caused this failure.It is all from inside leadership and it is the primary failure of the CM, the Ministers and the Chief Secretary. Even officers of the rank of Secretaries/Director will not easily indulge in such mass scale criminality, getting widely reported in media, Ms Bedi added.
The blunder they committed was that they carried out wrong verbal orders, perhaps nowhere placing them on record, which is why they are now responsible and the prime accused in the FIR filed by the CBI, she said. Ms Bedi said the students shall have to defend themselves before the court of law for years to come at their own expense, their career will be severely affected and hence, they need to tell the truth as to whether they were committing these irregularities on their own or were being directed to and by whom. Speaking truth is now their only chance to explain, she said adding, that if they do not tell the truth they will suffer for the rest of their lives, the LT Governor contended.