Enforcement Directorate Takes Over Investigation Of SRMCH Fraud

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Bhubaneswar: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) today took over the investigation of financial irregularities at Sardar Rajas Medical College and Hospital (SRMCH) in Kalahandi district.

In July last year, the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of state Crime Branch had arrested A Johnsel Raja, 54, managing trustee of Selvam Educational & Charitable Trust which was running the SRMCH.

The Selvam Educational & Charitable Trust had signed an MoU with Western Odisha Development Council (WODC) in 2004, to establish a medical college at Jaring in Kalahandi district.

As per the MoU, WODC had provided Rs 10 crores and 25 acre of government land to the Trust. Even after getting all the benefits from State government the trust failed to complete infrastructural development for the smooth running of the hospital and medical college.

A Johnsel Raja obtained permission from Medical Council of India (MCI) for admission in MBBS course for two academic years i.e. 2013-14 & 2014-15 by producing forged documents claiming to have all the facilities required by MCI for granting permission.

The aforementioned tactics adopted by the accused and other trustees were detected by MCI and further permission for admission in 3rd Academic year i.e 2015-16 was denied.

Even though the accused was aware that MCI would not permit the college for admissions in the academic year 2015-16, he still collected huge amount from a number of students as capitation fee in violation of terms and conditions of MCI.

In addition to that, he also collected a big amount from 124 students as caution money. In the mid-session, he closed the college and misappropriated the total money collected from the students.

The WODC had in 2015 lodged an FIR against A Johnsel Raja at Junagarh police station in Kalahandi district accusing the latter of violating the memorandum of understanding, fraudulent documentation and risking the future of hundreds of medical students.

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