MULTAN At least 36 candidates, who qualified for recruitment against scale-1 to 5 seats in Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi Institute of Cardiology, are seeking justice for over two years as no action has been taken against an Additional Medical Superintendent (AMS) who tempered merit list and made bogus recruitments, thanks to a bureaucrat who happens to be the uncle of the accused and was secretary health at the time of recruitments, The Nation has learnt. An inquiry committee constituted by the Commissioner Multan Division on direction of Chief Minister Complaint Cell found AMS Dr Wasim Abbas Zaidi guilty of tempering the list and issuing appointment letters to the ineligible candidates with the fake signatures of the then Medical Superintendent Dr Fazalur Rehman, recommending their removal and issuance of letters to the qualified ones. The committee convened on February 23, 2009. Sources confided to this scribe that the cardiology institute administration interviewed the candidates on August 24 and 25, 2007 for recruitment against grade-1 to 5 posts and a merit list of 90 candidates, who qualified for job, was evolved by the then Medical Superintendent of the Cardiology Institute Dr Fazalur Rehman. However, AMS (Admn) Dr Wasim Abbas Zaidi allegedly tempered the list and issued appointment letters to 36 ineligible overage candidates with his signatures while he was not competent authority to issue the letters. The sources told The Nation that out of above mentioned 36 disputed appointees, as many as 30 joined their offices and are still drawing salary from the cardiology institute. Were still waiting for justice. His (AMSs) uncle Raes Abbas Zaidi was Secretary Health Punjab when he committed this scam in 2007 and earned over Rs 6 million. Now he (former secretary health) is influencing the inquiry process, alleged a candidate, who could not get job despite qualifying, while requesting anonymity. AMS Dr Wasim Abbas Zaidi, however, rejected all allegations. Every thing is stupid and wrong. I have nothing to do with the lists. All the lists were approved by the Medical Superintendent, he added. When asked about the findings of the inquiry committee, he said it was conducted by a Chief Engineer, who did not know even ABC of any thing. On the other hand, the serving Medical Superintendent of the cardiology institute Dr Akhlaq Ahmad Ansari contradicted the viewpoint of Dr Zaidi, saying the inquiry committee clearly declared him guilty of tempering the merit list and issuing job letters to ineligible candidates. He (Dr Zaidi) issued the letters while the Medical Superintendent was still in his office, he added. He said the actual merit list was prepared by the then MS Dr Fazalur Rehman that was consisted of 90 candidates but Dr Zaidi tempered the list and replaced the names of 36 qualified candidates with the ineligible ones. Apparently in a bid to brush the issue under the carpet, the sources further disclosed that the health authorities have formed another committee to carry out scrutiny of the recruitments in the cardiology institute. The committee comprises additional secretary health (admin) Dr Ateequr Rehman, Deputy Secretary Behzad Anwar and AMS Nishtar Dr Zafar Alvi. Were not clear what we have to do. Even we are not told which recruitments should be scrutinised, told a member of the committee on condition of anonymity.