The Haryana government on Friday ordered a probe to find whether legal formalities were followed by Dera Sacha Sauda while donating 14 dead bodies to a medical college in Lucknow. The probe was ordered after taking cognizance of the media reports. The Dera had donated 14 bodies from among its followers to a private medical college this year. This can prove to be another set back for Ram Rahim Singh who has already been sent to twenty years rigours imprisonment after being convicted of rape. Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij had ordered an inquiry to ascertain if the Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda had sent 14 bodies to a medical college in Lucknow earlier this year in violation of rules. He has asked the Director General of Health Services to complete the inquiry at the earliest. “There have been reports in the media that about 14 bodies being sent from the Dera to a medical college in Lucknow. If this was done, all formalities should have been completed. The reason for sending the bodies must also be ascertained,” Vij said.
The probe was ordered on a day when Haryana police and the paramilitary forces had launched a search operation at the Dera Headquarters in Sirsa. GCRG Institute officials confirmed the fact that the institution received the corpses which was donated by the Dera and also accepted that they did not have a death certificate. However, the medical college claimed that they had identity proofs to validate the donations. Luxmi Kant Pandey, manager, marketing and public relations at the institute speaking to Indian Express said that the medical college was facing a shortage of cadavers for studies. It was upon that time when it came to fore that all the medical institutes were enlisted with Dera Sacha Sauda who ensured the followers to donated their body after death. “In the last financial year, when this medical college was started with permission for 150 seats, we were facing a shortage of cadavers for studies. We got to know that most of the medical colleges were listed with the Dera Sacha Sauda, which used to ensure that its followers donated their bodies to medical institutions. Like most other colleges, we decided to avail their services. If you check the records of other medical colleges, you would find that 80 per of them are beneficiaries of this service,” Pandey said.
Pandey further said, ” “Most of these were natural deaths, at their homes. We may not have death certificates but we have photocopies of aadhaar cards and ID proof of not only those who died but also of those who handed over the cadavers along with affidavits on stamp papers from the families, with photographs and contact numbers. The institute has also kept copies of ambulance receipts for each corpse.” It was following this that the medical college decided to contact the Dera.