MP govt for tough action in sex-for-marks scandal

Madhya Pradesh government has decided to take tough action against those involved in the alleged sex-for-marks scandal at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College, Jabalpur on the basis of the recommendations of committee.

Last Updated: May 18, 2011, 19:52 PM IST

Bhopal: The Madhya Pradesh government has
decided to take tough action against those involved in the
alleged sex-for-marks scandal at the Netaji Subhash Chandra
Bose Medical College, Jabalpur on the basis of the
recommendations of a committee constituted to probe the case.
The government has accepted all the recommendations of
the committee and decided to initiate tough action against the
accused persons in the case, official sources said today.

A decision in this regard was taken at a meeting chaired
by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan recently, they said.

It was also decided that cases of officials, employees
and teachers prima-facie found guilty in the scandal would be
handed over to police for further investigations.

The alleged sex-for-marks scandal rocked the Jabalpur
Medical College, affiliated with the Rani Durgawati
Vishwavidyalaya (RDV), following a complaint lodged with
police by Sandhu Arya, a dalit MBBS student on February 17
this year, police sources said.

According to the complaint filed by Arya, Prerna Atwal,
her senior in the college, told her that she would have to
sleep with one Raju Khan if she wanted to get her marks
increased in revaluation.
Prerna allegedly told her that Khan had contacts in the
varsity, and also revealed that the complainant had failed in
two subjects, though the results were not yet declared.

Controller of Examination Prof S S Rana and Deputy
Registrar R S Kakodia of Rani Durgawati Vishwavidyalaya (RDV)
were arrested on March 1 in connection with the case. They
have since been released on bail. Khan too has been arrested
and is currently in judicial custody.

On the request of Sandhu, the state government has
transferred her to Gwalior Medical College for pursuing her
further studies while inquiry against Prerna is going on in
the case.

According to sources, on recommendation of the committee,
the state government has transferred the RDV finance officer,
while the professor in the department of Ophthalmology of the
medical college, Dr Meeta Shrivastava has been suspended.

Shrivastava would be asked to explain her alleged
negligence in her duties. The medical education department has
been entrusted the responsibility to take further action in
this regard, they said.

The government also requested Raj Bhawan to initiate
disciplinary action against all guilty teachers, officers and
employees of the medical college. The Governor, who is also
the Chancellor, is being requested to initiate immediate
action in this regard.

Meanwhile, police arrested former RDV registrar Vijay
Sharma yesterday and produced him in a court at Jabalpur that
remanded him in judicial custody till May 25.

Sharma is currently posted as registrar of Awdhesh Pratap
Singh University, Rewa.

The government has also decided to inquire into the
alleged irregularities committed in construction works at
Jabalpur Medical College. The probe will be conducted by the
chief technical officer.

Besides it was also decided to post an engineer of the
Public Works Department (PWD) on deputation basis to all the
universities where construction activities are going on to
ensure transparency in the system, they said.

PTI