Nagpur News: In a surprise development, Dr Kishore Taori, President of Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC), has been issued Show Cause Notice by State Medical Education Minister Jitendra Awhad following allegations of misuse of powers. However, since Dr. Taori is headd of a statutory body, the decision to dismiss him rests only with the Chief Minister. Dr Taori had been served a show cause notice asking him ‘why he should not be dismissed” following charges of misuse of post.
According to sources, Dr Taori has been charged with misusing his position on several occasions. There are complaints against him including that of going on a long leave for working in a foreign land. In spite of repeated reminders, Dr Taori remained indefinable for the inquiry. Recently, a 48-hour notice was sent to Dr Taori to present his case, but he brushed off the notice. An inquiry had reportedly proved Dr Taori’s guilt that resulted in his sacking by the Minister.
Dr Taori was appointed as the MMC President in 2009 and he is head of Radiology Department at the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH in Nagpur.
The MMC is the watchdog of the medical profession and is vested with the executive authority to suspend or terminate doctors’ licenses. It also looks into patients’ complaints about medical negligence and conducts checks on medical colleges and oversees their functioning. In the month of June, the MMC suspended the recognition of the century-old College of Physicians for lack of transparency in its student recruitment process.
IMA and 7 other organizations support Dr. Taori:
However, Indian Medical Association and seven other organizations found the order passed by the Minister for Medical Education Jitendra Awhad, arbitrary illegal and malicious. IMA and other seven organizations came forward to show their support to Dr. Taori. A letter has also been sent to the Chief Minister in this regard.
IMA said, “The action initiated by the Minister is unilateral, biased, malicious, highhanded and out and out is a colourable exercise of power, which is inconsistent with the Governing provisions of the statutory laws and is at the cost of total annihilation of the principles of natural justice which mandate that an opportunity of hearing and recording of one’s say is a minimum must before an action is initiated against the concerned individual primarily on the consideration that even Adam was not convicted unheard.”
The letter to Chief Minister said, “We are constrained to seek your intervention in your capacity as Head of the State Government to ensure that the said impermissible communication under the signature of your Cabinet colleague Dr. Jitendra Awhad, is annulled and or held in abeyance forthwith. If this will not be done then we shall be free to invoke legal jurisdiction of the appropriate judicial forum for the necessary redressal in the public and professional interest at your cost and consequences which may please be noted”.