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Odisha: ED To Probe Sardar Rajas Medical College Fraud

13 February 2019


Bhubaneswar: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) will probe the fraud of Sardar Rajas Medical College in Kalahandi. ED will reportedly conduct a detailed probe and is also likely to summon A. Johnsel Raja, the managing trustee of Selvam Educational and Charitable Trust.

Last year on 3rd August, A. Johnsel Raja the Managing Trustee of Selvam Educational & Charitable (SE&C) Trust was arrested by Odisha Crime Branch on charges of cheating medical aspirants by giving them admission in Kalahandi’s Sardar Raja Medical College and Hospital that has lost recognition of the Medical Council of India (MCI).

The Trust had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a medical college at Jaring in Kalahandi district in a public-private partnership (PPP) mode with Western Odisha Development Council (WODC) in 2004. As per the MoU, WODC had provided Rs 10 crores to the Trust along with 25 acres of land free of cost. Even after getting all the benefits from the government, the Trust failed to complete infrastructural development for the project.

Raja obtained permission from MCI for opening admission in MBBS course for academic years 2013-14 and 2014-15 by showing manufactured and false documents claiming to have all the facilities required.

The Trust’s fraud was detected by MCI and further permission was not granted for admission in third academic year of 2015-16.

Violating the terms and conditions of MCI, the accused opened admissions of the year 2015-16 and collected huge amount of capitation fee from a number of students. In addition to that, he also collected caution money from 124 students.

Mid-session, he closed the college and misappropriated the total money collected.

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