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Ludhiana: Doctor duped of Rs 1.5 crore for admission of ward

Ludhiana: Doctor duped of Rs 1.5 crore for admission of ward

The administrative authorities of Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH), and a noted orthopaedic doctor, Dr Muhammad Yameen, head of the department and professor of orthopedics at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) in Ludhiana, found themselves entrapped in a heavy financial controversy of Rs 1.5 crore.

The police have already swung into action after an alleged incident of two people reportedly duping the Dr Yameen of the amount, which involves enrollment of his (the doctor) son in the Master of Surgery (MS) course. The initial reports on the incident saw Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH)’s name surfacing in the media.

The police have clearly refused to divulge any details confirming the incident in entirety. It is reported to have conducted raid to make an arrest.

In the interim, AB Thomas, Director, CMC Hospital raised strong objection after the name of CMC Hospital figured in the cash for medical seat case. Thomas said: “It was wrongly reported in the papers that the money was taken by the persons for admission to the CMC. There is no role of agents in the admission process. Our admission process is totally transparent and online. Ask Dr Yameen his son was taking admission in some other college.”, as reported by tribune.

However, further details on the incident as filed by Dr Yameen in his complaint have implied that he contacted the agent over a call, only after reading a newspaper advertisement displaying the availability of reserved seats at CMCH under the management quota.  He then pursued the arrangement to get his son Haroon Yameen enrolled in MS at CMCH in April 2015.

As further reported by Tribune, the accused assured a seat to Dr Yameen after he made a payment of Rs 1.5 crore. After receiving the money, the accused started dithering. In August, Dr Yameen asked the accused about the status of his son’s admission and the duo reportedly showed him a letter claiming that it was from the CMCH.The accused did not handover the letter and rather asked him to deposit the fee in CMCH.

Dr Yameen was in for shock when the hospital authorities told him that there was no admission with the name of Haroon in the MS course.

As reported by TOI on the matter:

The complainant submitted the application with the police commissioner and he marked it to PAU police station for registration of a case after taking legal opinion. SHO, PAU police station Surinder Kumar said the accused have been booked under sections 420 (fraud), 465 (forgery), 467 (forgery of valuable security, will, etc), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged 1[document or electronic record) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC. He said efforts are on to nab the accused, who are at large.

Dr Yameen refused to divulge further details.

No role of agents: CMCH

Christian Medical College and Hospital authorities claimed that there is no role for agents in the admission process. “We have transparent system for admission wherein the process is carried out online even for reserved seats. There is no scope for involvement of any agent in the admission process,” said Param Vir Singh, public relations officer of CMCH.

Legal view

Legal experts say that the people seeking admission in reserved quota in a medical college should do some home work before giving money to agents.

Amit Tandon, a legal expert, said, “For most of the seats in a medical college, there is a written test where admission is given on merit. But there are seats in reserved quota (around 5-10%) where money transactions occur”.

Practitioner’s View

Its a human tendency of Indian parents to run around for the admission of their ward, often relying on illegal and questionable means. However, its common sense that people, especially those who are in the medical field should understand, there are touts mushrooming in the market, who are not only illegal but have no authority of admission in any medical colleges. Its important to be careful of these touts and rely on straightforward means for admission.

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