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Sardar Rajas Medical College chief trustee nabbed from Tamil Nadu

A Johnsel Raja

Bhubaneswar: Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of state Crime Branch arrested A Johnsel Raja, 54, managing trustee of Selvam Educational & Charitable Trust which was running the Sardar Rajas Medical College and Hospital, Jaring, Kalahandi.

The EOW arrested Raja from Nagarcoil under Kanyakumari district in Tamil Nadu on July 26. He was produced before the Judicial Magistrate, Nagarcoil for transit remand.

However, after the court’s ruling the accused complained of illness and as per the order of the lower court he was admitted in Kanyakumari Government Hospital.

Later, he was referred to Rajaji Hospital & Medical College in Madurai on July 31 for further treatment and was discharged on August 2.

According to reports the accused has been brought to Odisha and taken for production before the JMFC, Junagarh in Kalahandi district.

The Selvam Educational & Charitable Trust had signed an MoU to establish a medical college at Jaring in Kalahandi district with Western Odisha Development Council in the year 2004.

As per the MoU, Western Odisha Development Council (WODC) had provided Rs 10 crores and 25 acre of government land to the Trust. Even after getting all the benefits from state government the Trust failed to complete infrastructural development for smooth running of the hospital and medical college.

A Johnsel Raja obtained permission from Medical Council of India (MCI) for admission in MBBS course for two academic years i.e. 2013-14 & 2014-15 by producing forged documents claiming to have all the facilities required by MCI for granting permission.

The aforementioned tactics adopted by the accused and other trustees were detected by MCI and further permission was not granted for admission in 3rd Academic year i.e 2015-16.

Even though the accused was aware that MCI would not permit the college for admissions in the academic year 2015-16, he still collected huge amount from a number of students as capitation fee in violation of terms and conditions of MCI.

In addition to that, he also collected a big amount from 124 students as caution money. In the mid-session he closed the college and misappropriated the total money collected.

The WODC had in 2015 lodged an FIR against him at Junagarh police station in Kalahandi district accusing him of violating the memorandum of understating (MoU) he signed with WODC, fraudulent documentation and playing with the future of hundreds of medical students.

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