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CBI heat on fake medical varsity

The CBI has registered a case in connection with the awarding of degrees to medical aspirants of different states in both allopathy and traditional medicine by an Ara-based "fake" university.

By Our Special Correspondent in Patna
  • Published 13.07.18
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Patna: The CBI has registered a case in connection with the awarding of degrees to medical aspirants of different states in both allopathy and traditional medicine by an Ara-based "fake" university.

The premier investigating agency lodged an FIR on Thursday on the directive of the Patna High Court, which had earlier found gross anomalies in the affiliation granted to medical colleges at Muzaffarpur in Bihar, Faridabad in Haryana, Calcutta and Bangalore.

Dr Gaya Prasad Nirbhay, the chairman of the Council of Patent Medicine, Ara (Bhojpur), Dr H.K. Srivastava, the director of JP Institute of Patent Medical Science and Hospital, Muzaffarpur, and officials of the registration department have been made accused in the FIR lodged by K. Bhattacharya, additional superintendent, CBI, Patna.

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. Lalit Kumar Jaiswal, deputy superintendent of police, CBI, Patna, has been appointed investigating officer of the case.

The Telegraph had highlighted the issue in its report published on December 16, 2017, under the header "CBI probe on Bihar 'varsity'". The Ara-based Council for Patent Medicine has been accused of illegally granting affiliation to several medical colleges to impart education in all three systems of medicine - allopathic, homoeopathic and unani/ayurvedic.

The high court had earlier ordered the Bihar government to submit a report. An IG-rank officer, Sunil Kumar Jha, (now additional director-general of police with the vigilance bureau) had submitted a 200-page report to the court, which felt the need of a CBI probe as the racket had its wide ramifications.

Around 800 people were allegedly given degrees and diplomas from these institutions are practising across the country. The matter came to the fore when individuals from Faridabad, who had been practising on the basis of the degrees awarded by a Haryana-based medical college that the Council for Patent Medicine had recognised, approached the high court seeking relief.

The Haryana government had stopped them from practising as doctors after which they moved the Patna High Court. The headquarters of the university that granted affiliation to the Haryana-based college was located in Ara, around 60km west of Patna.