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RTI activist restricted from entering AIIMS premises

Vishakh Unnikrishnan | Updated on: 11 February 2017, 5:42 IST

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has issued a notice restricting the entry of RTI activist and Convenor of Janhit Abhiyan, Raj Narayan, from the premises of the institute.

Janhit Abhiyan addresses corruption in policy implementation in various educational and research institutes.

The notice, which is visible across the campus and the hospital, states that on 28 January Narayan had been involved in 'violent activities' due to which he is barred from entering the institute.

The notice also states that the institute has written to the Delhi Police to initiate criminal proceedings against Narayan under Section 107 and 109 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrpC) which deals with 'breach of peace' and 'security from suspected person'.

The authorities of the institute informed Catch that Narayan had also been involved in violent activities in February last year, post which a notice was issued and the Delhi Police was intimated.

However, after speaking with some professors at the institute, Catch was informed that Naryayan had not created any disturbance within the institute during his visits and that the authorities have been trying to obstruct his efforts for the past one year.

"I have been fighting against all forms of corruption within the institute. I have filed RTIs that would bring forth the the abuse of power by senior officials and cases of corruption. They know if I keep fighting against corruption within the institute, the administration will be in an uncomfortable spot," Narayan said.

"I bring up issues of appointment of professors and doctors who have been accused of corruption and misuse of power," he added.

Narayan has written to the health ministry and the Prime Minister's Office several times, adding - "My restriction from entering AIIMS shows that the institute is not interested in dissent of any sort."

Lately, Narayan had taken up the matter of a Dalit professor Dr Kuldip Kumar's suspension.

According to Narayan, Kumar was targeted by the authorities without sufficient evidence and they had tried to fabricate evidence against him. The case is ongoing in the Central Administrative Tribunal.

"I had visited the institute for a sanction for a lawsuit I had filed under the Prevention of Corruption Act. The sanction is required for court proceedings. There was no disturbance in the institute that day but I could clearly see some animosity among the authorities when they realised why I was there," Narayan said.

Narayan states clearly that he had not created any ruckus when he visited the institute and the charges against him were false.

"There is no FIR against me yet, the accusation is a lie. The police has never even mentioned of such an FIR," he added. He said that this was an attempt to thwart his attempts and scare him.

"Whether it's financial corruption or other forms of corruption, I have been fighting against it for the last decade," Narayan said.

The Janhit Abhiyan, which Narayan heads, have also protested against corruption by the outgoing Director MC Mishra, against whom various cases are still pending in court.

Edited by Jhinuk Sen

First published: 4 February 2017, 5:24 IST
Vishakh Unnikrishnan @sparksofvishdom

A graduate of the Asian College of Journalism, Vishakh tracks stories on public policy, environment and culture. Previously at Mint, he enjoys bringing in a touch of humour to the darkest of times and hardest of stories. One word self-description: Quipster.