BHUBANESWAR: With students of Sardar Rajas Medical College and Hospital at Jaring in Kalahandi district left in the lurch following withdrawal of MCI recognition, the Western Odisha Development Council (WODC) on Tuesday lodged an FIR against its chairman Dr SA Raja.
The WODC has accused Raja of violating the MoU and mismanagement in not putting up the required infrastructure and facilities for proper functioning of the institution that has resulted in MCI action. As per the MoU signed in 2004, WODC had provided `10 crore as its share for setting up the college and hospital. It has alleged gross irregularities in execution of the project and administration of the medical college, which has pushed the future of students to uncertainty.
On August 23, the WODC had served a notice to Raja asking him to explain why action should not be initiated for failing to honour the conditions in the MoU. On Tuesday, it sent across a fax stating that it should be treated as an FIR.
While `10 crore was given to it in as many instalments for setting up infrastructure, Government had also allocated 25 acre for the project.
Since these conditions were not met and Raja is accused of misappropriating the funds, the Council had threatened in the notice to start proceeding to recover the funds at 10 per cent interest rate.
The MCI had approved 100 seats for the medical college for 2013-14 academic session with the condition that it would meet infrastructure and staff requirement.
However, as the college authorities failed to do so, it withdrew approval this year.