CHENNAI: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed a case against former additional secretary, Medical Council of India (MCI), Dr Pukhraj Prasannaraj, and five others.
The case concerns alleged irregularities in admission into the first year MBBS course at Sardar Rajas Medical college and Hospital, Odisha.
A CBI spokesperson said it was alleged that Prasannaraj, the then additional secretary, MCI, had entered into a criminal conspiracy with the accused and some unknown persons in 2013 by flouting MCI norms. The accused MCI official allowed the medical college to admit students to the first year MBBS courses during 2013-14. Besides Prasannaraj, cases have been registered against Johnsel Raja, chairman, Selvam Educational and Charitable Trust, Tamil Nadu, which set up the college at Jaring in Kalahandi district, Odisha; Ashok Kumar, assistant, MCI; Dr Janet Khalko, former principal, Sardar Rajas Medical College Hospital, Jaring, Kumbharpada, Sambalpur; and Anish Gopalan, Dwarka, New Delhi, a private person whose identity had not been revealed among others.
The sleuths from the agency also searched three different places in Tamil Nadu including the official and residential premises of the accused in Vadadangulam and Nagercoil. Raids were also conducted at two places in Odisha (Bhawanipatna and Sambalpur) and four places in Delhi (Dwarka and Nazafgarh). During the search, the CBI found about Rs 5.50 lakh, two kg of gold and 25 kg of silver along with documents of three properties in the name of Prasannaraj’s family and relatives.