RE-The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has started probing into the incident of a 120-year-old big clock's removal and later its disappearance from the Mayo Hospital, Lahore.
The clock was replaced by a new one in the tenure of the former Medical Superintendent Mayo Hospital Dr. Fayyaz Ahmad Ranjha. A source said that the NAB is conducting inquiry against the MS Mayo Hospital Dr Fayyaz Ahmad Ranjha under National Accountability Ordinance 1999. The NAB Investigation Officer (IO) Muhammad Dilawar on Tuesday recorded statements of hospital's two officials in this regard.
The Mayo Hospital Lahore is considered one of the oldest and largest hospitals, not only of the country but also of South Asia.
The clock was as old as the Mayo Hospital's building itself which has been offering health care services to the people since 1871.
The clock was installed at the forehead of the old building of the Mayo Hospital, also known as Ghari Wali Ward some 20 years after the construction of Mayo Hospital in 1871. The big clock affixed in the forehead of the main building highlighted the colonial architectural style and tells the whole history of the patients who paid visit but unfortunately could not survive.
The former MS Mayo Hospital Dr. Fayyaz Ranjha removed the big clock and later affixed a new one which the MS claimed was prepared on the same design of old clock and was donated by different companies.
Dr. Ranjha was of the view that the old clock was repaired several times and had become useless for further use.
He ignored the protest of some senior doctors and elderly employees of the hospital who had considered the old clock as relic of the Mayo Hospital and removed it amid strong agitation.
A source in the NAB said that the officials in an inquiry against the former MS Mayo Hospital Dr. Fayyaz Ahmad Ranjha on Tuesday recorded the statements of Dr. Abdul Majeed Akthar, Additional Medical Superintendent (AMS) Store, Mayo Hospital, and Answar Shah, the cashier regarding the whereabouts of 120 years old clock.
Both officials appeared before the Investigation Officer (IO) of the NAB, Muhammad Dilawar and expressed their ignorance about the whereabouts of the clock.
The NAB Investigation Officer also issued letters to some other hospital officials including some senior doctors to further investigate the matter.
It is learnt reliably that the high profile committee constituted by the Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Dost Muhammad Khosa to investigate allegations against the former MS Mayo Hospital Dr Fayyaz has also started a separate inquiry to probe into the incident of 120 years old clock's removal.