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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Doctors want TNPSC exam cancelled

Doctors want TNPSC exam cancelled - Their applications for the posts of assistant surgeon were rejected
by Special Correspondent of the Hindu at

CHENNAI: Ten doctors excluded from the selection process for appointment to 1,825 posts of assistant surgeon have moved the Madras High Court seeking cancellation of the October 16 examination conducted by the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC).

In the alternative, the petitioner-doctors have prayed for holding a supplementary examination for about 2,400 eligible doctors, including themselves, whose applications were rejected by the TNPSC on the ground that they had not filled certain columns and did not sign the mandatory declaration. As an interim relief, they sought to restrain the TNPSC from publishing the results of the October 16 examination.

Justice A. Kulasekaran, before whom the joint petition by doctors M. Satish Manoharan, D. Geethapriya and others came up for hearing ordered notice to the TNPSC and posted the matter to October 27 for hearing.

Maintaining that they did not fill up some columns in the application because they came under the `For Office Use Only" category, the petitioners said, "the application format created confusion in the minds of candidates."

They added that it was not a serious omission warranting rejection of application at the initial itself. As the applications were submitted by August 4, the authorities had sufficient time to call upon the applicants to rectify the mistake. By choosing to reject the applications summarily, the authorities "deprived the petitioners of their valuable right to get into Government services."

Of 1,825 posts, 530 are for speciality services.

Despite several requests, the petitioners and other similarly placed doctors were not permitted to verify the reason given by the TNPSC, the petition said.

Monday, October 24, 2005

Fraud Ayurveda Doctor to be arrested

by Express News Service
==Thane police close in on ‘cancer cure’ doctor==
Mumbai, October 24:
HE HAD challenged a Bombay High Court order cancelling his anticipatory bail. Now, with the Supreme Court dismissing his special leave petition, Ramesh Dhokte’s arrest seems inevitable.

But the ayurvedic doctor from Dombivli, who made a lot of money by selling his cancer cure to gullible patients, has admitted himself to Hinduja Hospital, Mahim, for a hand injury.

‘‘We have informed the hospital in writing about the arrest warrant issued by the Kalyan court,’’ said

Police Sub-Inspector Sanju John of the Thane Crime Branch. ‘‘We told them to inform us before discharging him.’’

It’s not the first time Dhokte—the Supreme Court dismissed his plea on October 21—has got himself admitted while facing impending arrest.

In December 2003, when the Maharashtra Council of Indian Medicine lodged a case against him for making false ‘cancer cure’ claims, he had got admitted to Hinduja Hospital.

On September 26, the Bombay High Court cancelled his bail for creating hurdles in the case and tampering with evidence.

The order had observed: ‘‘It is seen that Dhokte is making use of false claims and false certificates to support his claim that he is able to cure cancer patients with ‘herbs’.’’

Unravelling the case
December 2003:
The Maharashtra Council of Indian Medicine lodges a complaint against Dhokte for making false claims of curing cancer with herbs

Case is transferred to the Thane Economic Offences Wing
January 2004:
Dhokte gets anticipatory bail from Thane Sessions Court
March 2004:
Dr Prakash Deshmukh, an MCIM member who was part of the inquiry committee probing Dhokte, files a defamation case against the ayurvedic doctor for ‘feeding’ baseless and libelous reports in a regional newspaper
December 2004:
Food and Drugs Administration files a case against Dhokte for producing and selling drugs without approval and for selling illegal drugs using fake licence numbers
September 2005:
Bombay High Court sets aside anticipatory bail order issued by lower court
October 2005:
Kalyan court issues arrest warrant; Dhokte’s petition challenging high court order is dismissed in Supreme Court

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Petition to quash TNPSC exam admitted

Thursday October 20, 09:08 PM
Petition to quash TNPSC exam admitted
By ChennaiOnline News Service

Madurai, Oct 20 (Chennaionline): The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court today admitted a writ petition seeking to quash the examination conducted by the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC) for the recruitment of assistant surgeons held on October 16.

Justice D Murugesan issued notice to the Deputy Secretary of the TNPSC and the Director of Public Health.

Referring to the prayer of the petitioner Dr M Manimozhi that the court should grant an interim injunction restraining the TNPSC from publishing the results, the judge asked the government pleader to get the government''s view and posted the case for October 27.

The petitioner submitted that she had applied for the examination conducted to recruit 1,825 assistant surgeons (1,295 general and 530 speciality) before the due date of August4.

However, the application for direct recruitment was rejected because she had not produced both particulars and declarations. Later, when she visited the TNPSC office and submitted the particulars required by them, she was told that she would get the hall ticket. However, she did not get the same.

She said if she had not submitted the particulars, the same could be obtained at anytime of the recruitment.

She also pointed out that TNPSC had rejected 2,500 applications out of the total 6,500 applications on flimsy grounds. However, some candidates had approached the High Court which directed the TNPSC to permit them to write the examination. (Agencies)

Friday, October 14, 2005

High Court Madras nod for doctors to take TNPSC exam

The Madras High Court has ordered Tamilnadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC) to permit over 100 doctors to take the examination for the post of government assistant medical officers whose application had been dismissed by the TNPSC.

It may be noted that TNPSC had issued a notice to fill up 1,295 vacant assistant medical officers' posts last July. Thousands of applications were received of which over 100 applications were dismissed as they were not properly filled in.

Opposing this, over 100 doctors filed a petition in the High Court. Hearing their appeal, Justice C Nagappan ordered the TNPSC to let those doctors write the examination which is slated to be held on 14 October.