PGI terminates service of doctor after allegations of sexual harassment

The PGIMER authorities have terminated the services of a doctor while he was still serving his probation period in the Department of Biochemistry and was in the news about seven months back after a lab technician in the same department had levelled charges of sexual harassment on the doctor.

According to officials in the PGIMER, the termination letter has been handed over to the assistant professor in the department due to violations in the code of conduct as per the services rules.

Says Manju Wadwalkar, PGI official spokesperson, "The services of the doctor, Dr Parveen Bansal, has been terminated due to the violations of the code of conduct during the probation period.

On the allegations of sexual harassment, PGI spokesperson said, "I do not have any information about the sexual harassment".

In May this year, a lab technician working in the same department had alleged that the doctor in question had allegedly made advances to her on the pretext of getting her enrolled for Ph.D. The female lab technician had completed her MSc course.

The matter, however, was settled when the duo mutually decided to end the issue and not lodge any complaint. Interestingly, a committee was also constituted to probe the matter, comprising Dr Savita Malhotra, head of the department of Psychiatry at the PGIMER, besides four other doctors, including Dr Mittal from the department of Nuclear Medicine, Dr Rashmi Bagga from the department of Gynecology and P C Akela, from the PGI Administration.

Sources say that while the committee's report is still inconclusive, the termination orders of the doctor have been issued after the governing body of the PGIMER has approved the same.

Sources also say that during the course of the inquiry, the female lab technician who is the complainant in the case has also been found to be allegedly involved with the doctor. One of the committee members on condition of anonymity said that there was an exchange of lewd SMSes on both sides.

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