Odisha Medical College Head Arrested For Cheating, Embezzlement

**Bhubaneswar**: Odisha Crime Branch’s Economic Offences Wing (EOW) arrested A. Johnsel Raja, the Managing Trustee of Selvam Educational & Charitable (SE&C) Trust, today on charges of cheating medical aspirants by giving them admission in Kalahandi’s Sardar Raja Medical College and Hospital that has lost recognition of the Medical Council of India (MCI).

The 54-year-old fraud is the son of educationist S.A. Raja and is a resident of Nagarcoil, Tamil Nadu. The accused was running Sardar Raja Medical College and Hospital under the trust’s name from his hometown.

Notably, EOW had nabbed the accused on July 26 following which he had complained of illness and was admitted in a hospital in Tamil Nadu as per court order. He was discharged from the hospital yesterday and was brought to Odisha on transit remand.

The SE&C Trust had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a medical college at Jaring in Kalahandi district in a public-private partnership (PPP) mode with Western Odisha Development Council (WODC) in 2004. As per the MoU, WODC had provided Rs 10 crores to the Trust along with 25 acres of land free of cost. Even after getting all the benefits from the government, the Trust failed to complete infrastructural development for the project.

Raja obtained permission from MCI for opening admission in MBBS course for academic years 2013-14 and 2014-15 by showing manufactured and false documents claiming to have all the facilities required.

The Trust’s fraud was detected by MCI and further permission was not granted for admission in third academic year of 2015-16.

Violating the terms and conditions of MCI, the accused opened admissions of the year 2015-16 and collected huge amount of capitation fee from a number of students. In addition to that, he also collected caution money from 124 students.

Mid-session, he closed the college and misappropriated the total money collected.

His criminal act caused a setback to the noble cause of providing medical care to the people of interior areas in Kalahandi district. Meanwhile, further investigation in the case is underway.

After bringing him to Odisha from Tamil Nadu, he was to be produced before the Judicial Magistrate of First Class (JFMC) Court, Junagarh today.

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