A two-member internal probe panel set up by Kerala BJP chief Kummanam Rajasekharan has revealed that RS Vinod, state convener of BJP’s cooperative cell and a yuva morcha leader, has allegedly taken Rs 5.60 crore from the owner of a medical college to be paid to Medical Council of India authorities in Delhi. Panel was having senior BJP leaders K P Sreesan Master and A K Nazeer and RS Vinod had confessed before the committee that he had taken Rs 5.60 crore from the owner of a medical college to be allegedly paid to MCI authorities in Delhi.
As committee report found him guilty of paying a bribe, to which action has been recommended against him. The report is expected to take up at the next state committee meeting of the BJP. According to the report, RS Vinod had paid this money to a Delhi-based middleman through a hawala dealer near Kochi. Statements for the probe were recorded from six persons allegedly involved, including middleman, in the case.
The probe was initiated on a complaint filed by R Shaji:
The probe was initiated after a complaint was made by R Shaji, chairman of S R Educational and Charitable Trust, Varkala. In his complaint, he alleged that he had paid Rs 5.60 crore to BJP leader R S Vinod to get MCI approval for his medical college. Shaji, in his complaint, alleged that Rakesh Sivaraman, private secretary to the BJP state president as mentioned by him, had introduced the middleman to him through Vinod.
Contrary to the middleman’s assurance, Shaji was shocked and surprised when the MCI came to inspect his college. When he interacted with the inspection officials, he came to know that the money he had paid had failed to reach MCI authorities in Delhi.
Further when M T Ramesh, BJP state general secretary, was asked about his version as his name was also figured in the report.
“I haven’t taken money from anyone in connection with the MCI recognition for medical colleges.’’ He said
When contacted, P Muralidhar Rao, General Secretary of BJP in Delhi
“No state leader has any access to administrative machinery at the Centre. I do not think this story is substantiated by facts. To me it appears to be a dubious report.”
Recently the Supreme Court approved a five member panel to oversee the MCI’s affairs and to advise “remedial directions”.