Dr M Vijay Kumar, director of the government-run Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology, was asked to step down from the director’s post by the minister of medical education department, Karnataka, late Monday evening.
The decision was taken following the tabling of the inquiry report, which had gone into the allegations of corruption levied against Dr Vijay Kumar by representations of the hospital staff and lawyers.
Govindaraj, former secretary, medical education department, had ordered an inquiry into the allegations against Vijay Kumar six months ago. The committee submitted its report to the ministry about a month ago. But the government has ordered for another detailed inquiry claiming certain discrepancies in the report.
Dr Sharana Prakash Rudrappa Patil, minister for medical education, said: “We have received the inquiry report. Since there are still certain discrepancies in the report, we have ordered for a detailed inquiry. Till such time we get the new report, it is not appropriate for Dr Vijay Kumar to hold the director’s post. Hence we have asked him to step down from the post until further decision is taken by the ministry.”
Among the charges levelled against Vijay Kumar include misappropriation of hospital’s funds. The director has been accused of not following rules while purchasing expensive equipments for the hospital such as the radiotherapy machine, which costs about Rs5-6 crores. Reportedly, the cost shown by the director for buying the machine was way higher than the actual cost.
Vijay Kumar had also levelled allegations against a professor working in the Department of Head and Neck at Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology, after falling out with the professor. The issue had escalated and the professor lodged a complaint with the Wilson Garden Police Station against Vijay Kumar, with the feud eventually reaching the Karnataka High Court.
When contacted, Wilson Garden police station confirmed that a case had been registered against the director.
Dr Vijay Kumar was unavailable for comment.