//AIIMS Director Venugopal ousted

AIIMS Director Venugopal ousted

New Delhi, July 5 (PTI): AIIMS Director Dr P Venugopal was ousted from his post at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences on charges of violating the code of conduct after a meeting chaired by Union Health Minister A Ramadoss passed the resolution for his removal.

The three-hour-long meeting of a 17-member body of the Institute passed the resolution for Venugopal's ouster despite three members expressing a voice dissent, senior BJP leader V K Malhotra told reporters.

Describing the development as "blackest and saddest" day, Malhotra said Ramadoss suddenly brought in a supplementary resolution seeking removal of Dr Venugopal.

The Health Minister said Venugopal can be given three months' salary and asked to go.

Three of the members voiced their dissent over the ouster, he said.

It was a humiliation to person of Venugopal's repute, Malhotra said and accused the UPA Government of destroying the autonomy of the premier institution "brick-by-brick".