New Delhi: The CBI is all set to chargesheet former Union Health minister Anbumani Ramadoss in yet another medical college scam. A little known medical college in central Uttar Pradesh was reportedly sanctioned by Ramadoss, which points to a blatant misuse of power. If chargesheeted, this would be the second against the former minister in two months.
Rohilkhand Medical College in Bareilly was sanctioned by six persons including Ramadoss, the owner of Rohilkhand Medical College, officials of the Health Ministry and doctors of Safdarjung hospital, Delhi who will now be chargesheeted.
The CBI has sought sanction from the Health Ministry to prosecute the government officials and doctors. Some of these officials and Ramadoss have already been chargesheeted in another similar case, involving the Index Medical College, Indore.
The law catching up with its former ally is an embarrassment the UPA can do without.
Behind these chargesheets is a story of blatant misuse of power. Rohilkhand Medical College was denied permission not once but twice by the Medical Council of India (MCI). The college went to the Supreme Court alleging bias by the MCI. A third inspection by the Health Ministry also found that the college was not up to the mark.
Based on the Health Ministry's report, the Supreme Court threw the case out. But surprisingly, the very same evening Ramadoss went ahead and against all norms, gave permission to the college.
Phone calls and emails to Ramadoss elicited no response.
The chargesheeting of no less then a minister by the CBI is now raising some troubling questions: a scant respect by lawmakers for the rule of law and worse, for even the highest court in the land. It's also leading to doubts about the quality of medical education.