The Supreme Court has ordered prosecution of Dean of RKDF Medical College in Bhopal for presenting false evidence before the court. The offense carries a maximum punishment of seven years in imprisonment.
A bench of Justices S A Bobde, L Nageswara Rao, and R Subhash Reddy also imposed a penalty of Rs 5 crore on the medical college, as the institution had filed appeals in Madhya Pradesh High Court, Delhi High Court, and Supreme Court in different years to challenge the report of Medical Council of India(MCI), which reported gross irregularities in the overall functioning of the college. The MCI recommended the rejection of permission for admission to the MBBS course in 2015-16. The institute was set up in 2014.
The court noted that the Dean Dr S. S. KUSHWAH has fraudulently tried to convince the apex court to allow the admission of 150 students in the MBBS course. The college presented fabricated documents and therefore, managed to get the provisional nod for admitting 150 students to the second MBBS batch. The fraud was caught during the third batch for MBBS students, 2017-18.
Senior advocate Vikas Singh and counsel Gaurav Sharma, appearing for MCI, informed the court that college had fudged the records on various occasions.
The MCI inquiry indicted the faculty members of having private practice despite being on the payroll of the institution. The court caught the wrong-doings of the college. The college authorities tendered an unconditional apology, but the court rejected it.
Earlier we have reported that the Students of RKDF medical college filed contempt petition with the court regarding the same matter. (Click here)
The bench passed the following order:
(i) Mr. S.S. Kushwaha, Dean of the R.K.D.F. Medical College Hospital and Research Centre is liable for prosecution under Section 193 IPC. The
Secretary General of this Court is directed to depute an Officer to initiate the prosecution in a competent Court having jurisdiction at Delhi.
(ii) The College is barred from making admissions for the 1st Year MBBS course for the next two years i.e. 2018-19 and 2019-2020.
(iii) A penalty of Rs. Five Crores is imposed on the College for playing fraud on this Court. The amount may be paid to the account of the Supreme Court Legal Services Committee.
(iv) The students are entitled to receive the refund of fee paid by them for admission to the College for the academic year 2017-19. In addition, the College is directed to pay a compensation of Rs. One Lakh to the said students.