Senior doctor suspended on bribery charges in Haryana

Rohtak (Haryana), March 30 (IANS) A senior surgeon of the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS) here was suspened following allegations that he was taking bribes from patients, PGIMS officials said here Saturday.

PGIMS authorities suspended R.K. Karwasara, senior professor and head of surgery department, with immediate effect.
PGIMS director Chand Singh Dhull told IANS: “The (suspension) order has been issued by the institute vice chancellor after taking a serious note of complaints against Karwasara. The investigation committee has been asked to submit its report at the earliest.”
The PGIMS authorities took action against Karwasara after the death of a patient Wednesday night.
Infuriated by his death, the patient’s kin created ruckus at PGIMS and accused the doctors and nurses of negligence.
Later, one of the family members lodged a complaint with the PGIMS authorities accusing Karwasara of taking a bribe of Rs.50,000 in three installments for carrying out chemotherapy of the patient and demanding more money for further treatment, PGIMS sources said.
The PGIMS is in Rohtak, the hometown of Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, 70 km from Delhi.
Karwasara is the son-in-law of former legislator Pratap Singh Chautala, who is the brother of former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala.
Karwasara could not be contacted despite several attempts.
(Ravinder Saini can be contacted at [email protected])