Fresh Panel to probe fraudulent pharmacists scam

Srinagar, August 26: A division bench of Chief Justice N Paul Vasanthakumar and Justice Hasnain Masoodi  today granted two weeks’ time to a single-member probe panel headed by Rajinder Singh Tara, Special Secretary, Health and Medical Education Department to conduct inquiry into the selection of pharmacists allegedly on fake certificates in Indian System of Medicine (ISM) department.

The orders came after the Advocate General Jahangir Iqbal Ganie informed the Division Bench of the court that the three-member inquiry committee comprising of Joint Director Planning Madan Lal and comprising Tahir Mustafa Malik and Pooja Rasgotra (Under Secretaries Health and Medical Education), which was constituted on July 27, has been annulled by the government and a fresh one-member committee has been constituted to probe the matter.

The High Court was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) by RTI activist Abdul Rashid, wherein it was alleged that the ISM Director in 2008 was found guilty of issuing fake pharmacists diploma certificates to around 400 persons, who later got jobs under the NRHM scheme.

The fresh panel will inquire into the “scam” and has been told to complete its inquiry within two weeks.

Also, Senior Advocate, Z A Shah pleaded that there is a negative reporting in the press about the case saying it should be stopped. “They are writing probe ordered into fraudulent selection. Who says these are fraud selections,” Shah pleaded.

“See inquiry has been ordered, let the committee file the report. It is the right of the media. We cannot ask press to report in this manner or that manner,” the bench remarked.

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