Hisar: A former Chief Medical Officer (CMO) was arrested on Friday for allegedly issuing a "false" medical certificate to controversial self-styled godman Rampal, so that he could get exemption from personal appearance in court.
"Former CMO Dr Om Prakash Hooda, who is also a follower of Rampal, has been arrested," Superintendent of Police Satendar Kumar Gupta said here today.
"Dr Hooda had issued false medical certificate to Rampal while actually he was not sick. It is a clear-cut offence and breach of professional code and ethics," he said.
Meanwhile, a two-member team of Broadcasting Editors Association (BEA) visited Satlok Ashram and gathered information about police attack on journalists during police action against Rampal on November 18.
General Secretary of BEA, N K Singh, later told newsmen that in the primary probe the team has found that scribes were performing their duty. He said the police attack on them was "most condemnable and unjustified."
The team would submit it report to the Union government, he said.
Meanwhile, police is still searching for 45 followers of Rampal, he said.
"Main followers, who also worked as his spokespersons, Rahul and Rohit (both brothers) are also at large and police is searching them for vital information about Rampal's activities," he said.
Meanwhile, Barwala Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Prashant held an auction of the food stocks recovered from the Satlok ashram of the controversial preacher after arresting him following a violent clash with police.
"It took about 12 hours to finish the auction," the SDM said, adding that the proceeds would be deposited with the court as the auction was arranged after receiving orders from the court.
A total of 117 traders took part in the auction and deposited security for the bid, he said.
Anticipating the siege by police, the Ashram management had piled up the huge ration stock inside before November 18-- the day of police action.