Medical Council of India suspends licence of its former chief Ketan Desai

Kolkata, Oct 10, 2010 (Calcutta Tube/IBNS) The Medical Council of India (MCI) has suspended the licence of its former boss Ketan Desai, according an order of the council received by a patients’ rights group on Saturday.

Ketan Desai and two others were arrested in April by the federal investigating agency Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs two crore to grant recognition to a medical college in Punjab.

The license of  Ketan Desai has been cancelled in response to an appeal against the Gujarat Medical Council that ‘deliberately ignored a formal complaint against Dr. Desai on behalf of our humanitarian organization,  People for Better Treatment” (PBT)’,” said US-based chief of the organization, Dr Kunal Saha.

The Board of Governors of the MCI said in acceptance of the recommendations of its Ethics Committee it has decided to suspend his right to practice medicine “during the pendency of appeal before the Ethics Committee of the Board of Governors in supersession of the Medical Council of India.

Saha, who set up PBT and spearheads it after his wife’s death in India in 1998 from wrongful treatment in Kolkata, had also appealed to the World Medical Association (WMA) for removing  Desai who was released from jail this week to travel to Vancouver, Canada to attend the WMA conference and to become the president of WMA.

“We will now press the WMA for cancelling Dr. Desai’s name from the conference because the MCI has also barred him to attend any conference as a medical doctor from India,” Saha said.

The CBI arrested Desai in April after laying a trap following a complaint that he was to received Rs 2 crore as bribe.

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