SC breather for Sardar Rajas Medical College chief trustee

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Bhubaneswar: The Supreme Court on Saturday granted bail to A Johnsel Raja, managing trustee of Selvam Educational & Charitable Trust which was running the Sardar Rajas Medical College and Hospital in Kalahandi.

The apex court granted bail to Raja on the basis of a bail bond of Rs 5 lakh and two guarantors.

The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Crime Branch had arrested Raja, 54, from Nagarcoil under Kanyakumari district in Tamil Nadu on July 26 for allegedly misappropriating funds after enrolling students in the medical college illegally.

He had collected huge amount from students as capitation fee in violation of terms and conditions of MCI. He was produced before the Judicial Magistrate, Nagarcoil for transit remand. Later, he moved the top court seeking bail.

According to sources, 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.

He also had 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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