LAHORE – The Young Doctors Association (YDA) has wrote to Anti Corruption Establishment (ACE) director general to take notice of ex-Haj DG Rao Shakeel’s illegal admission to the Mayo Hospital for more than a half month, said sources.

YDA office bearers claimed in their application that convicted Rao Shakeel was admitted to the orthopedic ward in Mayo hospital from October 7 to November 21, 2011 on medical grounds. But actually Shakeel had no such problem to be admitted. They claimed that during course of admission Shakeel was passed through MRI examination only once and that was also conducted at Ganaga Ram hospital instead of Mayo. Sources claimed that during admission, doctors recommended a minor surgery to the so called patient but he refused to go through it since he was all well.

 YDA office bearers also put the matter in the notice of Chief Secretary Punjab to take action against responsible who facilitated a criminal record holder former DG to get admission in Hospital. Sources claimed that Chief Secretary also directed Punjab Health Department to constitute a committee though VC, King Edward Medical University and probe the matter. Sources claimed that report prepared by that committee was in favour of accused on which doctors had put the matter in ACE.

They claimed that this incident also effected the promotion process of Professor Dr Awais who was incharge Orthopedic Ward Unit-I where Shakeel was admitted. His promotion from grade 2o to 21 has been deferred while his two batch mates have been promoted to next grade.

When contacted, acting KEMU VC Asad Aslam said that the health secretary had sought report from him a month ago and he had sent all relevant record of the admitted accused.

Former DG Haj, Rao Shakeel about whom former ambassador to Saudi Arabia Umer Khan Sherzai claimed that former was accused of receiving kickbacks in hiring costly residences for pilgrims in 2010. He blamed that Rao Shakeel as DG Haj hired 87 residences in Mecca away from Harram on exorbitant rent which lacked electricity and water facilities and got thousands of Saudi Riyal as commission. Former Director General (DG) Haj was arrested on corruption charges by the Federal Investigation Agency and court sent him jail after charges were proved true.

FIA during investigation also found that most of the buildings hired by the Hajj administrators were 5km away from the Haram Sharif, while according to laws, the accommodation should not be more than 2km away. The administration showed the rent to be Saudi Riyal 3,600 (maximum expenditure assigned by Haj Policy 2010) while the actual rent was Saudi Riyal 2,500.