Punjab govt accepts Dr Raj Bahadur’s resignation as V-C

The Punjab Government has accepted the resignation of Dr Raj Bahadur as Vice-Chancellor of Baba Farid University of Health Sciences.

Dr Raj Bahadur, 71, an eminent spine specialist, had resigned over 10 days ago, citing humiliation at the hands of Punjab health minister Chetan Singh Jouramajra, who forced him to lie on a dirty mattress during a routine inspection of Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital, Faridkot.

The resignation has been sent to state Governor Banwari Lal Purohit for the final approval according to news reports.

The incident had become a major embarrassment for the government, with people from all walks of life supporting Dr Raj Bahadur and condemning the Health Minister for the incident.

Day after the incident, Dr Raj Bahadur had resigned as Vice-Chancellor, even though Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann had spoken to him and expressed regret over the incident.

Sources said Mann tried to impress upon Dr Bahadur to reconsider his decision of quitting. The doctor, however, said it was difficult to carry on after the way he was humiliated.