New Delhi: AIIMS Director RC Deka on Friday defended the huge expenditure incurred on the renovation of his bungalow and maintained there was "nothing unusual" in the allotment of the house to his wife Dr Dipika Deka by him.
Responding to the queries in this regard, Deka said "allotment of house to Professor Dipika Deka was as per administrative rules. Nothing unusual."
Deka was involved in a controversy recently following reports that he had allegedly overlooked the seniority list and used his discretionary quota to allot a C-1 type bungalow to his wife who is a Professor in the Gynaecology department of AIIMS.
The AIIMS Director defended the expenditure of Rs 42 lakh on the renovation of his official residence in 2009-10 when he took over as the Chief of the premier medical institution.
"These were as per estimates of 2009 engineering section on the old bungalow and its campus," Deka said.
AIIMS had spent over Rs 42.13 lakh on the renovation of the Director`s bungalow in the year 2009-10 when Deka was appointed as its Chief, according to the information received under the RTI Act.
The reply received by activist Subhash Agrawal shows that major renovation work was undertaken for the bungalows of the Director, the Deputy Director, the Dean, the Medical Superintendent and the Senior Financial Advisor in which Rs 73.6 Lakh were spent.
The maximum expenditure, about 57 per cent of the total, was incurred on the renovation work of the Director`s bungalow.