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Economic Offence Wing have arrested the head of now-defunct Sardar Raja’s Medical College & Hospital

Kanyakumari:3/8/18: The Economic Offence Wing (EOW) of crime branch police have arrested the head of now-defunct Sardar Raja’s Medical College & Hospital in Kalahandi district on the charge of taking for ride the government agency and aspiring medical students.

Johnsel Raja (54), the head of Managing Trustee of Selvam Educational & Charitable Trust had set up Sardar Raja’s Medical College & Hospital at Jaring in Kalahandi district after inkning a MoU with Western Odisha Development Council on 2004. However the private medical college had faced closure on 2014 after Medical Council of India refused permission for students’ enrolment on the ground that the medical institute was bereft of infrastructure as per specified guidelines.

Raja was arrested from Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu and was produced before Judicial Magistrate Nagarcoil in Tamil Nadu for transit remand. The accused has been brought to Odisha after the Tamil Nadu court granted transit remand prayer. He will be produced before Judicial Magistrate First Class Court in Junagarh today.

The trust had violated the terms enshrined in the MoU. Apart from running the medical college in the backward district, it had pledged to provide health service to poor people free of cost. However it had failed in both the front. The WODC had incidentally provided Rs 10 crore and 25 acre government land free of cost for the private medical college and hospital. The trut

The accused, who headed the trust, had obtained permission from Medical Council of India (MCI) for MBBS course for 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic years by falsely showing that that there was adequate infrastructure. MCI had detected lapses and had later denied further permission. He had collected huge sum of capitation free from aspiring medical students despite the fact that MCI had barred admission for 2015-16 academic year, EOW officials said.

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