Vigilance advises removal of Dr Riyaz Farooq as Principal, GDC Srinagar

SRINAGAR, Oct 28: The General Administration (GAD) Department has not taken any action against Principal Government Dental College (GDC) Srinagar, Dr. Riyaz Farooq, and this despite the recommendation of Vigilance Organization.

According to media reports, the Vigilance Organization has reportedly written to GAD advising ‘punitive’ action against Dr. Riyaz in connection with a First Information Report (FIR) registered against him in  a purchase scandal that runs into a multi-crore amount.

According to reports in a daily, the witness to this case has been receiving threats from unknown parties in connection to the case registered against Dr. Riyaz and the Vigilance Org has informed the GAD about the same.

The recommendation by Vigilance Org can lead to the suspension of Dr. Riyaz who is yet to be confirmed as the Principal of Government Dental College, Srinagar. Dr. Riyaz at the moment can be attached with the Health and Medical Education department or face suspension from the service  because of pending enquiry in the case.

It may be brought to notice at this juncture that Dr. Riyaz has been booked in the past as well by State Vigilance Organization (SVO) for embezzlement at the GDC Srinagar. GAD in the previous matter as well is yet to take action in the matter.

In the present case, the revelations came to fore as answer to Right to Information (RTI) application moved by Tanveer Hussain Khan. The SVO then registered a case against Dr. Riyaz because a purchase by him at exorbitant rates caused loss in crores of rupees to the State ex-chequer

The anti-corruption court in Srinagar started the formal investigations in the case once preliminary investigations led to the revelation of purchase scandal . The inquiry established the fraud and finally a FIR under FIR number 33/2012 under section 161 of Ranbir Penal Code was registered against Principal GDC, Srinagar. The inquiry officer probing the purchase established that equipment was purchased on exorbitant rates in order to cause monetary benefits to Principal GDC, Srinagar and officials of the company that supplied the equipment.

In his report to then Special Judge Anti-Corruption Kashmir, Aijaz Ahmad Mir, the inquiry officer had written that machine Orthophos X G5 DS Ceph had been procured on exorbitant rates in order to cause undue pecuniary benefits to Dr. Riyaz Farooq, Principal Government Dental College, Srinagar, V. L Narayan Proprietor M/s Villa India, New Delhi and Hamid Bashir of M/s Basha Enterprises, Karan Nagar, Srinagar.

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