HC committee begins probe into RIMS graft slur

STAFF REPORTER IMPHAL, 13th Nov: The three-member committee constituted by the High Court of Manipur has launched an investigation to establish veracity on the allegations levelled by a post-graduate medical student that RIMS administrators are corrupted and that the hospital has failed to live up to the public’s expectation.

Complying with the November 7 directive of the High Court, the committee members carried out spot verification at RIMS on Monday.

Though RIMS authorities barred media persons from accompanying the probe team into the hospital wards, departments  and storehouses, a reliable source conveyed about the team members entering almost all administrative blocks and departments and collecting relevant information  from personnel present at the departments.

During the investigation conducted by the committee members comprising registrar  (administration) of the High  Court - N Rojit, former additional  director of Manipur  Health services Dr M Kunjabihari Singh and advocate  Kh Tarunkumar Singh, were assisted by the RIMS director and the medical superintendent. 

According to the source, the probe team, accompanied  by medical superintendent Dr  Arun, checked and collected  report on condition of existing  diagnosis equipment such as MRI, CT scan, SICU (Surgical  Intensive Care Unit), X-Ray and Radiotherapy. 

On the other-hand, a team of media persons was told by Dr Arun himself that it would be inappropriate to have media coverage of the spot enquiry, consequently resulting in the  cribes leaving RIMS.

It may be mentioned that Acting Chief Justice High Court of Manipur, N Kotiswar Singh had on November 7 admitted a suo-moto PIL filed in the wake of media report about an open letter sent to the Prime Minister by a PG student of RIMS. The said letter alleged financial irregularities in RIMS, vital machinery lying idle or developing mechanical failure, patients made to purchase medicines and other basic materials that the hospital is supposed to provide without any charge.

The committee has been advised to submit report of the investigation within November 20.

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