Bhupesh Baghel govt to buy son-in-law's 'invalid' college, have charges of fraud

Raipur: In Chhattisgarh, there is a hue and cry over the state's Bhupesh Baghel government's decision to buy a medical college. In an unusual decision, the Congress government has enacted a law to start the exercise of acquiring a medical college that has almost gone bankrupt financially. Above all, this medical college belongs to the family of CM Bhupesh Baghel's son-in-law. In fact, the ownership of this college is held by the family in which Bhupesh Baghel's daughter is married. The case pertains to the acquisition of Chandulal Chandrakar Memorial Medical College at Durg.

The college is owned by Chandulal Chandrakar Memorial Hospital (CCMH), an unlisted company. The company was registered in March 1997. Congress leader Chandulal Chandrakar, a five-time MP from Durg, died in 1995 at the age of 74. He was also a big journalist. He was also a minister in the Union Cabinet. He is also known for running an agitation for the formation of the State of Chhattisgarh. The hospital was built following demands from CCMH director Mangal Prasad Chandrakar and the Chandrakar community. Mangal Prasad Chandrakar owns 5 percent shares of this hospital. It has a total of 59 shareholders. The bill drafted by the Chhattisgarh government plans to acquire the hospital as it has become economically weak. The Bill says that the acquisition of this medical college is necessary for the public interest.

Now the Baghel government will acquire the movable immovable properties of the college and give the money to the CCMH in return. According to media reports, the officials preparing the draft are also uncomfortable as CM Bhupesh Baghel's daughter Divya is married to Mangal Prasad Chandrakar's nephew. Kshitij's father Vijay is the younger brother of Mangal Prasad. Bhupesh Baghel had announced the acquisition of the medical college on social media in February itself. CCMH currently owes Rs.125 crores, a large part of which is unsecured. The college was found to be involved in fraud by the Medical Council of India (MCI) in April 2018. The college has not had any recognition since 2017. Officials are saying that they cannot say anything before the Bill comes to the Assembly.

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