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Ranchi, April 1: An audiologist-cum-speech pathologist of Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Vivek Kumar Mohan, reportedly lost his job for presenting RIMS in a “negative” light before an experts’ team from Medical Council of India (MCI) during the latter’s visit to the institute last month.

The director of RIMS, N.N. Agarwal, allegedly terminated Mohan’s service on Monday, on the final day of the fiscal, alleging that he “adopted a non-co-operative attitude” while the experts’ visit was on.

Mohan, who did his graduation in speech and hearing science from Mysore University was appointed on February 29, 2008, and on a daily basis in the ENT department. Mohan also works in Deepshikha, a special school for hearing and speech-impaired children.

Mohan’s crime, it seems, was that he commented before an MCI expert (Malti Mehra) that he “was working on daily wages much like a labourer” during his conversation with the former. Mohan’s crime was also that he “produced” his appointment letter before the member when he was asked about his salary.

So far, the former employee has taken a “strong exception” to his termination and has decided to take the case to the MCI. “Can a team of experts dishonour the privacy of an individual in the same profession? I had never expected some one as high-placed as her to give me in to the authorities — and that too for speaking the truth,” Mohan rued.

Agarwal was not available for comment. Sources, however, said that Mohan was not a regular employee and had put the director in an embarrassing spot.

A three-member MCI team, comprising Malti Mehra, Madhur Yadav and Sushma Pandey, had visited RIMS and carried out an inspection on March 18 and 19.

The team, allegedly, found several irregularities in the workings of RIMS.

Reportedly the team had asked the RIMS director if it is appropriate to engage an audiologist on a daily basis and on daily wages in government run institute.

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