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Old May 4th, 2010, 12:25 PM
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Re: CBI arrests Medical Council of India president Ketan Desai for taking bribe

Medical Council of India (MCI) President Ketan Desai was arrested by CBI with his associates on April 22. Dr Ketan Desai who has been the centre of a range of allegations regarding corruption and manipulation from couple of years has been finally arrested by CBI under corruption charges and for misusing of regulatory power.

According to the report, being a president of MCI, Desai misused his regulatory power to earn money and to gain support from politicians of different parties who own and run different medical colleges.

The main functions of the MCI, set up under the Indian Medical Council Act, 1933 were to ensure uniform standards in medical education and grant recognition to medical degrees awarded in India and abroad. Even medical colleges across the country require MCIís permission to increase the number of seats, to set up new medical college, to add new courses and also to increase student intake.

Here the allegations against Ketan Desai acquire importance because in the past 15 years there has been a sudden increase in number of private medical colleges. Across the country out of 290 medical colleges 160 are run by the private sector. Each seat in private medical colleges costs from Rs 25 lakh to Rs 75 lakh and obviously MCIís support is must for the smooth functioning of these private colleges.

On February 18 and 20, 2000 the Income Tax Department raided the business and residential premises of Ketan Desai and bank drafts for Rs 65 lakhs were found. The Delhi High Court found him guilty of taking bribes and abusing power and also ordered CBI for further enquiry in the matter. But in 2005, CBI gave him a clean chit saying that it was goodwill money.

On June 20, 2001 Desai was re-elected in the MCI presidential election to head the prestigious body for the second time, in which he got 69 out of 73 votes. The election itself became an issue considering the majority of votes he received. He was also the chairman of the Indian Medical Association (IMA). While operating through IMA he entered the executive council of the World Medical Association (WMA) and got himself elected as its president. The CBI also raided the IMA House at ITO in which one full floor was occupied by Dr Desai.

As president of MCI, Dr Desai was a single authority for granting approvals and to carry out inspections of colleges. Many times the inspection reports of medical colleges were also changed according to Desaiís demand. Even the inspections were carried out by council inspectors appointed by him.

http://www.educationmaster.org/news/...n-charges.html
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