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Akhilesh summons Minister accused of abducting CMO

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has summoned Minister Vinod Singh alias Pandit Singh, who has been accused of abducting the state chief medical officer Gonda S P Singh.

The state government has also set up a high level committee to look into the incident. "A two-member committee led by Additional Director Health has been set up to look into the matter and submit its report by tomorrow," Minister for Health and Family Welfare Ahmad Hassan said.

The Chief Minister is reportedly looking into the matter. PTI

Sources in the government said Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and SP President Mulayam Singh Yadav have taken strong note of the report.

According to media reports, the CMO was allegedly abducted by Minister Vinod Singh alias Pandit Singh as he was "unhappy" over the refusal to accommodate his nominees on the list of doctors on contract recruited by the district health department under National Rural Health Mission (NRHM).

Pandit Singh, however, has strongly refuted the charge, calling it a political conspiracy to tarnish his image.

Principal Secretary (Medical and Health) JP Sharma said, "Though the CMO has not filed any written complaint in this regard, we are in touch with the local officials and employees to get details of the incident".

No FIR has also been filed in this connection.

PTI