Shards of glass lay strewn all around the office of the RIMS director in Ranchi on Tuesday. Picture by Hardeep Singh
Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) is again in the news for wrong reasons.
Hours before the visit of Union additional health secretary C.K. Mishra to the state-owned heal hub in Ranchi’s Bariatu on Tuesday, RIMS director Tulsi Mahto accused an associate professor of the pathology department of manhandling him.
Mahto, who later lodged a complaint at Bariatu police station, said Surendra Singh entered his chamber even after the director had instructed the security guards to not allow anyone into his room, as he was holding a meeting with some ‘outsiders’. But defying the order, Singh barged into Mahto’s chamber around 11.30am. The director raised objections and asked Singh to wait outside.
“After my visitors left, Singh came in and started accusing me of playing a dubious role in the selection process of a professor for the blood bank, for which he had applied. I tried to clarify that not me, but a board of seven persons, including the state principal secretary of health, did not consider him fit to be a professor. Singh then held me by my collar and manhandled me. He even smashed the glass door of my chamber,” Mahto told The Telegraph.
Singh, on the other hand, offered a different version.
“It is true that I went to ask him why I was not selected despite securing the highest marks in interview round. I even requested him to show me the selection rules. But Mahto started abusing me. I told him to be polite, but he asked his guards to throw me out. When I tried to protect myself, he pushed me. The guards held me by my hands and dragged me out,” the doctor claimed.
As allegations and counter-allegations flew thick and fast, no one could say what really transpired in the director’s chamber in the absence of any CCTV camera.
Eyewitnesses like Mahto’s personal secretary and security guards deployed outside his chamber preferred to remain tight-lipped.
Asked what was the procedure of selecting a professor, Mahto said: “The board looks into many things. I am not the person who decides everything on behalf of the board. It has other senior officials from the health department.”
Notably, this is the second time Singh has been rejected for the post, despite securing top marks.
Later, Mahto held a meeting with all department heads during which it was decided that disciplinary action would be initiated against Singh.