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Ranchi, Sept. 10: The three-member probe committee constituted by the health department found RIMS director N.N. Agarwal non-guilty of driving a poor patient out of the hospital on September 3, sources said.

The committee, however, found Agarwal guilty of sending the patient to the Bariatu police station instead of making arrangements for his treatment.

There was no need of sending the patient to the police station (who was roaming on the premises listlessly). RIMS only had to inform the police about the patient. The rest of the inquiry could have been done without disturbing him — the probe committee observed.

The committee recorded the statement of eight persons, including the patient’s son Rajesh Oroan. The committee also found that the patient was missing from his house for the past six months.

Probe committee chairman V.K. Munda submitted his report to health secretary Pradeep Kumar. Official confirmation of the report is still awaited.

While Kumar refused to comment on the matter as he had not gone through the report yet, Munda said: “His work was just limited to submitting the report to the government and not sharing it with anyone.”

The probe committee comprising director-in-chief of health and family welfare department Jitendra Kumar, joint secretary V.K. Munda and deputy director Anjali Das was constituted last Saturday by Kumar.

The probe continued till Tuesday.

The probe was set up after a poor patient, who was allegedly driven out of RIMS by Agarwal on September 3, died on following day. It was the first time that a probe committee was set against the RIMS director.

Agarwal was also served a showcause notice by the health department secretary, who said a criminal case should be initiated against him for driving a patient out of the hospital.

The secretary also asked Agarwal to submit a copy of his postgraduate certificates and alleged him of financial irregularities.

Agarwal co-operated with the probe committee but refused to reply to the showcause notices of the health secretary challenging the latter’s authority to issue a showcause notice to a director of an autonomous body.

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