THE CENTRAL Administrative Tribunal (CAT) on Friday directed the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) to allow Dr A K Gupta, Medical Superintendent, PGI, to provisionally participate in the selection process for the post of director of the institute. The hospital had not shortlisted Dr Gupta as a charge-sheet was pending against him.
The interview for the said post is to be conducted on October 20 this year.
Pronouncing the orders, the tribunal held, “Taking view of the circumstances, if the prayer of the applicant is not allowed, he shall suffer irreparable loss and injury. On the other hand, if the prayer is allowed, nobody shall suffer any loss and injury.”
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The tribunal observed that if Dr Gupta would appear for the interview for the selection of the director’s post, no one shall suffer loss as the participation of the applicant shall be provisional.
The tribunal had in June this year invoked a stay on the proceedings of chargesheet issued to him by the institute for ‘disobeying’ the Union Health Minister’s order.
The chargesheet pertains to the visit of Dr Gupta to Nepal for a 90-day-long assignment with the World Health Organisation (WHO). He was to go on the assignment from September 15 to December 15 in 2014. However, when the hospital authorities forwarded the leave to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, it was not sanctioned and he was asked to return. The then Union Health Minister had cancelled the doctor’s leave and a message was conveyed to him on September 29, 2014. Instead of returning, Dr Gupta appealed before the ministry but he did not receive a reply. Dr Gupta also extended his leave by 15 days.