Maharashtra govt orders probe into MSPC member's nexus with bogus pharmacy candidate seeking registration

Laxmi Yadav, MumbaiWednesday, September 13, 2017, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

The Maharashtra Medical Education Minister Girish Mahajan has directed the Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) to conduct a probe into the misconduct of nominated member of Maharashtra State Pharmacy Council (MSPC) Suresh Patil violating Pharmacy Act to help a candidate with bogus pharmacy degree get registered with the state pharmacy council.

The probe was ordered by Mahajan on September 1, 2017 following complaint by Maharashtra Registered Pharmacists Association (MRPA). MRPA president Kailash Tandale in a letter to the minister on August 23, 2017 stated that Patil had submitted fake documents of a Nashik resident Rohini Pradeep Ahire to the state pharmacy council two years back for registration. The documents included Ahire's forged marksheet of diploma in pharmacy from Acharya Institute and fake certificate claiming the candidate's registration with Paramedical Board Karnataka after completion of the pharmacy course.

Tandale said that the pharmacy courses do not fall under the jurisdiction of Paramedical Board Karnataka, then how can a candidate get registered with the Board. As per the rules, candidates who have done pharmacy courses in another state and have registered themselves with the respective state pharmacy council, cannot practise in Maharashtra without registration with MSPC. For registration, he/she needs to submit documents to registrar, MSPC. But Ahire has not done so, her documents were submitted to MSPC by Patil. This is a gross violation of Pharmacy Act by a state pharmacy council's nominated member. Patil has been nominated to the state pharmacy council for last 15 years and had also served as president of the council.

Meanwhile MSPC has not accepted Ahire's documents which it received through Patil and asked her to visit its headquarters in Mumbai but Ahire failed to turn up at MSPC office and subsequently her registration application was rejected by the state pharmacy council.

The MRPA president said that the alleged attempt by a council member to help a bogus pharmacist get registered with MSPC is posing a risk to health of people in the state.

We have demanded a CID inquiry in this issue to find out whether a racket is involved in forging documents for bogus pharmacy candidates and suspend the council and appoint an administrator to look after its activities, he added.

Earlier MSPC had registered an FIR against candidates seeking registration with it through fake documents, but no action has been taken against Ahire and Patil for the same, he said.

In November 2015 joint registrar, MSPC Vivek Chaudhari had lodged FIRs against Rajendra Bhimrao Deshmukh, Umesh Narayan Tak, Sushil Namdev Phuse and Chaturbhu Vedprakash Sharma seeking registration with MSPC through forged documents claiming that they are registered with Punjab State Pharmacy Council.

In October 2015 Chaudhari also filed an FIR against Mahtab Patel, Sharik Salamat Khan, Jakir Hussein Shaikh resorting to get registered with MSPC by submitting forged registration certificate of Karnataka State Pharmacy Council.

In July 2013 an FIR was registered against Sudhir Rajkumar Srivastav by MSPC for submitting fake certificate of diploma in pharmacy conducted by Tamil Nadu based Vinayaka Mission's College of Pharmacy.