2 yrs after Mirror exposed doctor-criminal nexus at JJ, DMER probe ‘still on’
Nearly two years after a Mumbai Mirror expose on the doctor-criminal nexus at JJ Hospital, the government is yet to initiate any action.
On January 19, 2008 Mumbai Mirror had front-paged a report on how criminals seeking to strengthen their bail pleas bribed doctors to get admitted to the hospital.
Our reporter had posed as a criminal seeking anticipatory bail on medical ground and got himself admitted to the hospital after paying a neat sum for the favour to a doctor.
Following the expose, the Directorate of Medical Education and Research constituted a three-member committee to look into the matter. Two years later, the inquiry is still on.
In January 2008, Mirror had reported on how criminals seeking to strengthen their bail pleas bribed doctors to get admitted to the hospital In the past two years, repeated attempts by this newspaper to seek information about the progress of the inquiry were stonewalled by the hospital's administration and DMER.
This paper filed a series of RTI applications to know if the inquiry had led to any conclusions.
In one of its replies, DMER claimed that the inquiry committee had referred the matter to the CID, while in another it claimed that the committee had submitted its report to the government.
Over a year-and-a-half after the report was published, Mirror received a letter (dated August 1, 2009) from DMER requesting us to submit evidence in the case.
Interestingly, this letter was marked as a 'reminder' to a previous letter, which we never received.
On Tuesday, when we got in touch with JJ Hospital Dean Dr TP Lahane, he said the inquiry was still on, while former JJ dean, R S Inamdar refused to comment, saying he had retired from the service.