Nagpur medical college dean found drinking in office

July 21st, 2008 - 7:00 pm ICT by IANS  

Nagpur, July 21 (IANS) The officiating dean of the Government Medical College Hospital here, S. K. Bobhate, was found drinking in his office by none other than a cabinet minister. He has been sent on compulsory leave with immediate effect, state health department sources said. Animal Husbandry Minister Anees Ahmed, who had gone to the medical college to meet an accident victim convalescing there Sunday, stormed into Bobhate’s office as the latter allegedly refused to rush to the hospital ward where the patient was admitted despite being summoned by the minister.

While the officiating dean’s two friends, who were reportedly drinking along with him, fled on getting a scent of the impending disaster, Bobhate was caught with liquor bottles, glasses and some snacks on the table, Ahmed told IANS.

“Dr. Bobhate pleaded with me to show leniency but I informed city police commissioner Pravin Dixit about the incident and also sent a message to the health secretary Bhushan Gagrani and Medical Education and Research Director Wasudeo Tayde,” Ahmed said.

Tayde told IANS Monday that Bobhate has been sent on leave with immediate effect and Abhimanyu Niswade has been asked to take charge of the post.

“A departmental enquiry has been initiated and appropriate action will be taken after its conclusion,” Tayde said.

Soon after the incident Sunday evening, police took Bobhate to the Indira Gandhi Government Medical College Hospital for medical examination but were yet to receive its report till Monday evening.

“We have booked Bobhate for being in possession of liquor in the government office but will technically know whether he had consumed liquor only after receiving his blood sample reports,” said Sub Inspector D.M. Gondake.

Bobhate, professor and head of the medical college’s pathology department and allegedly close to another minister, told the media that he was innocent and has been framed because he did not go to ’salute’ Ahmed.

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