CBI Books Dental Council Head, Others On Graft Charges

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Posted On: February 23rd, 2017      
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It is alleged that Mazumdar used corrupt means to retain post

The Central Bureau of Investigation has booked Dental Council of India (DCI) president Dibyendu Mazumdar, along with the chairman of a dental college, a former vice-chancellor of a university and others, for allegedly using corrupt means to retain the post for the second term.

Those named in the FIR are Dr. Mazumdar, Vananchal Dental College and Hospital (Garhwa, Jharkhand) chairman Dinesh Prasad Singh, former vice-chancellor of Nilamber Pitamber University (Palamu) Firoz Ahmad, former DCI officiating secretary S.K. Ojha and other unknown persons.

“It was alleged that Dr. Mazumdar, whose term as the DCI president was to end once his membership with the Council expired on May 31, 2015, regained the membership from the Nilamber Pitamber University by claiming to be the honorary visiting professor of Vananchal Dental College and Hospital,” said a CBI official.

Illicit favors

The CBI alleges that for acquiring the membership, Dr. Mazumdar extended favours to the dental college by granting permission for doubling the number of BDS seats from 50 to 100, knowing well that the college did not meet the required norms as stipulated by the DCI.

He had also recommended 16 MDS seats for the college despite some discrepancies found during inspections in 2012-13.

“On the basis of his membership of the said university, Dr. Majumdar became the president of DCI for the second time. During preliminary enquiry, it was revealed that his nomination or appointment as honorary visiting professor was illegal and therefore, invalid. He was never appointed a dental faculty with the university,” the official said.


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Source: The Hindu