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The recent “deal” between the Indian Medical Association (IMA) and central health ministry that has already agreed to consider 5 specific demands made by India’s largest medical lobby (IMA) to bring new laws or amendments in the existing laws can be described only in one way that Indian doctors now want their virtual “untouchable” status to be formally recognized by the law. One of major demands made by our healers’ organization (IMA) is that there must be a “cap” or maximum limit on the compensation awarded in medical negligence cases.

We need to think what would happen in the real world if such a law is allowed by the government. Even on the rare occasion when the family of a victim of medical negligence is able to establish that their loved one died solely due to the reckless treatment by the doctor/hospital, they may be able to get a compensation of maximum five or ten lakh rupees as the IMA has claimed. It is a common knowledge today that treatment in a private hospital for few days or weeks even for an ordinary illness may easily cost the patient and his/her family lakhs of rupees as hospital costs and doctors’ fees. Top doctors and hospitals can make a profit of five or ten lakh rupees from each patient in few days or weeks. If the new law to impose a “cap”, as demanded by the IMA, is approved by the government, there would hardly be any reason for any victim to approach the consumer court (under the Consumer Protection Act) to seek damages against the errant doctor/hospital because the long-drawn legal fight may cost the victim more than he can eventually recover from the court – what a travesty of justice that would be for our society. Perhaps more important, such a scenario would be a strong stimulant for all doctors to be even less careful during treatment of their patients. In the end, it would result in more unfortunate death of innocent patients from “medical negligence” across India.

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The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has declared victory in bringing new amendments in several long-standing and patients-protective laws including the Consumer Protection Act (CPA), Clinical Establishment Act (CEA), PCPNDT Act (for preventing female fetuses) and even the Indian Penal Code (IPC). PBT has obtained an email communication from Dr. K.K. Aggarwal, IMA General Secretary and a close ally of disgraced Dr. Ketan Desai, which categorically shows that top IMA leaders met with the Union Health Minister, Mr. J.P. Nadda, on 10th November, 2015 when health minister agreed to act on 5 specific IMA’s demands for bringing changes in the CPA, CEA, PCPNDT and IPC for better protection of doctors (see email communication below between Dr. Aggarwal and other doctors). The IMA has also claimed that Mr. Nadda has already formed a high-power “Committee” to see how legal changes as demanded by the IMA can be implemented soon. Ironically, apart from high-rank government officials from different departments, this “Committee” also has doctor-members from IMA and MCI but nobody to represent the hapless patients of India.

The IMA leaders have also threatened that unless the “Committee” gives their report within 6 weeks and government initiates the process of necessary amendments of law, all doctors will join cease work (“Satyagraha”). The 5 IMA demands include implementation of a “cap” or maximum limit (5 to 10 lakh rupees) of financial compensation that can be awarded by the consumer courts for negligent death of a patient. The IMA has also sought amendments in the PCPNDT Act in order to loosen the power of the criminal law against the unscrupulous doctors who are involved with unlawful sex diagnosis of a pregnant woman only for the purpose of aborting female fetuses. On the other hand, IMA has also demanded that changes in the IPC should also be implemented so that in case any negligent doctor/hospital is challenged or presumed to be threatened by the victim of “medical negligence” or victim’s friends/families, they should be jailed for long time and charged with non-bailable offense. While PBT has always condemned any physical violence against doctors/hospitals because two wrongs cannot never be a right, IMA and medical community must be able to appreciate the underlying reason why ordinary law-abiding citizens sometime resort to violence after losing their loved ones in front of their eyes as a result of gross medical negligence. Lack of any hope of finding justice against the errant doctors by the corrupt and biased medical council is the root cause of most attacks on doctors. PBT has raised strong objection in a letter sent to the health minister by PBT president, Dr. Kunal Saha (see below). PBT has also brought this shocking anti-patients development to the attention of the chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health & Family Welfare (see below).

IMA’s Letter (5-point Demand)

Health Ministry letter (Nov 14, 2015)


On October 9, 2015, Delhi High Court division bench headed by the chief justice announced that an order will be passed on November 2, 2015 as to whether the writ petition (PIL) filed by PBT against the wrongful act by several MCI and IMA leaders to promote disgraced ex-MCI chief, Dr. Ketan Desai, as the WMA president in order to restore his tainted public image and to reinstate him at the helm of Indian medicine. But on November 2 when this matter came up for hearing, division bench abruptly declared that the case is adjourned till January 6, 2016. This PIL was initially filed before the Supreme Court but hearing Mr. M.N. Krishnamani, senior advocate representing PBT, the Apex Court directed that the remedy sought by PBT should be prayed before the appropriate high court. It is noteworthy that the primary allegation in this PIL is against the top MCI/IMA leaders including Dr. Ajay Kumar, present chairman of MCI “Grievance Committee”, who went before WMA and lied that all cases against Dr. Desai have been dropped by the Indian authority based on which Desai was reinstated as the WMA president-elect for 2016.


While dismissing a number of writ petitions filed by several doctors whose licenses were suspended by the Medical Council of India (MCI) for deliberate misrepresentation and fraud, Division bench of Mumbai High Court has categorically held that MCI has absolute power under the provisions of “Code of Ethics & Regulations, 2002″ to take disciplinary action and cancel or suspend medical registrations of doctors found guilty for medical negligence or ethical violation (see the full HC judgment below). Dr. Bapat Vishnuprasad Madhusudan, Dr. Asmita Desmukh and Dr. Sashikant Patel, all of whom were registered with the Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC), were found prima facie guilty and charged by the CBI for providing fake evidence as attending professor in favor of Melmaruvathur Adiparasakthi Institute Medical Sciences only to obtain MCI recognition of this private medical college in Tamil Nadu. After CBI brought this to the attention of MCI, the doctors were found guilty for ethical violation and their licenses were suspended for a period between 1 and 5 years. But since these doctors were registered with MMC, the guilty doctors moved Mumbai High Court claiming that MCI has no authority to take action against them. After a long contested legal battle for 3 years, Mumbai High Court passed this historic judgment clearly stating that MCI has full authority to take disciplinary action against the errant doctors. It is a routine practice by most state medical councils (SMCs) not to cancel or suspend licenses of doctors who are found guilty by the MCI on the plea that MCI has no authority to take action against doctors who are registered by the state medical council. This judgment unequivocally has held that MCI can take disciplinary action against wayward doctors based on a complaint or after an appeal filed by the aggrieved patients/victims whose complaints are dismissed by the state medical council. PBT welcomes this historic judgment as it will pave the way for appropriate disciplinary action against the delinquent doctors.

Bombay HC Judgment (MCI Disciplinary action) Oct, 2015


In what appears to be one of the most controversial decisions to take a step backward in the fight against “medical corruption”, World Medical Association (WMA), largest international medical group has defended selection of Dr. Ketan Desai, perhaps the most notorious physician and biggest medical mafia, to become the next WMA president. This shocking news was delivered during the WMA meeting in Moscow this week.

After spending almost 7 months in jail, Dr. Desai is presently free on bail facing criminal trial in Delhi for his role in the well-know case of bribery and corruption since he was caught red-handed by the CBI in 2010 for taking huge bribe allegedly in exchange of granting MCI recognition to a private medical college while he was still the sitting MCI president. Desai’s license to practice medicine and his right to be a member of any medical council/group were also suspended for indefinite period by MCI in 2010 after PBT lodged a formal complaint for professional misconduct against Dr. Desai. MCI’s decision to suspend Dr. Desai’s medical registration still remains operative since no further order has been passed by the MCI overturning the previous order of 2010. This deplorable situation in Indian medicine made a huge public uproar in India and across the world.

Even more shockingly, although Dr. Desai was nominated as WMA president-elect in 2009 but following his arrest by the CBI and suspension of his license, WMA cancelled Desai’s inauguration to become WMA president after MCI urged the world medical body that a doctor who is found prima facie guilty for corruption and professional misconduct should not be made president of WMA. Although Desai’s overall situation has remained the same as he still awaits start of the criminal trial, WMA has taken a complete U-turn and found no problem to reinstate Dr. Desai to be their next president. So, the most corrupt and unethical doctor from India who is without a license to practice medicine and facing criminal trial for bribery will be the president of WMA whose primary goal is to spread ethical practice of medicine across the globe. PBT is still fighting to stop Dr. Desai to become the WMA president and to bring an end to this colossal global medical atrocity that would undoubtedly send a demoralizing message to the ordinary people and honest doctors around the world.


A “Legal Notice” was sent today to the MCI president, Dr. Jayshreeben Mehta, by the lawyer of PBT president, Dr. Kunal Saha, demanding that the MCI president must inform the present status of medical registration (license to practice) by disgraced ex-MCI president, Dr. Ketan Desai (see the “Legal Notice” below). Dr. Desai’s license to practice medicine and to participate in any medical council or conference was suspended “indefinitely” by the MCI vide an Order dated 9th October, 2010 in response to a complaint/appeal filed by Dr. Saha following Dr. Desai’s arrest by the CBI allegedly for taking bribe from a private medical college.

Since the complainant/appeal against Dr. Desai is still pending in MCI as no hearing in this matter has taken place for the past more than three years, Dr. Desai should still be barred from practicing medicine and his right to participate as a doctor in any medical council or conference should also remain suspended until final decision of the complaint/appeal against him is made by the MCI, as clearly stated in the MCI Order of 9th October, 2010. However, PBT recently obtained a document from Dr. K.K. Aggarwal, General Secretary of Indian Medical Association (IMA) and a staunch supporter of Dr. Desai, in which it has been claimed that soon after the present MCI was established and Dr. Mehta (a long-term close associate of Dr. Desai from Gujarat) was chosen as MCI president through a botched election in December 2013 (against which a separate PIL filed by PBT is pending in SC), MCI decided to reinstate Dr. Desai’s medical registration. If this claim made by Dr. Aggarwal is true, it is obvious that the MCI has already dismissed the complaint/appeal against Dr. Desai without holding any hearing to judge the merit of the allegations lodged by Dr. Saha. Repeated letters to the MCI over the past two years to know the status of the complaint/appeal against Dr. Desai have also fallen in deaf ears.

Dr. Saha’s advocate has issued the “Legal Notice” today with specific questions giving 7 days’ time to the MCI president to come clean and to clarify whether the complaint/appeal against Dr. Desai was dismissed by the MCI, as claimed by IMA, to allow Dr. Desai to practice medicine and granting him right to participate in medical council/conference which was revoked by MCI vide their Order dated 9th October, 2010. The “Legal Notice” has also raised other related questions including whether MCI has taken any disciplinary action against three MCI Ethics Committee members (Dr. Ajay Kumar, Dr. Vinay Aggarwal and Dr. Sudipto Roy) as recommended by the Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO), Mr. H.K. Jethi, for their sinister and deliberate misrepresentation to promote Dr. Desai for the prestigious post of the president of World Medical Association (WMA). Dr. Saha has informed that he will bring MCI and the unscrupulous medical leaders to the court if the MCI president refuses to respond to the “Legal Notice”.

MCI Legal Notice (Oct 15, 2015)


In an interview given to Times of India (TOI), disgraced ex-MCI president, Dr. Ketan Desai, has made a shocking claim that “Racism”, “Western lobby” and “bias against non-Whites” are working to stop him from being the coveted post of the World Medical Association (WMA) president (see Dr. Desai’s interview below). Without providing a single name of any Western individual/group, except the president of PBT Dr. Kunal Saha, and without citing a single reason as to why any “Western lobby” would attempt to prevent him from becoming WMA president, Dr. Desai has made a desperate attempt to generate sympathy through baseless assertion of “racism” and “bias” by the West.

In this interview, Dr. Desai has also claimed that during the CBI raid of his house on 22nd April, 2010 (following his arrest by the CBI), only Rs. 53,640/- (fifty-three thousand six hundred forty rupees) was recovered from his house to suggest that he had very little wealth. But this is in sharp contrast to the reality which is clearly recorded in the Order dated 5th October, 2010 passed by the CBI Court (while granting bail to Dr. Desai). According to the said Order by the court, CBI actually recovered from Dr. Desai’s house during the raid on 22nd April, 2010 to the tune of Rs. 24,16,92,472/- (twenty-four crore sixteen lakh ninety-two thousand four hundred and seventy rupees) .

A new PIL was filed recently by PBT against Dr. Desai’s unlawful and immoral appointment as the WMA president as well as the ongoing corruption inside the MCI. This PIL was heard last week by the Delhi High Court and the court has reserved Order for November 2, 2015. Ironically, in his interview with TOI, Dr. Desai has also admitted that the main CBI case against him for bribery is still pending in Delhi CBI Court although the proceedings are currently stayed by the Supreme Court. Thus, it is now an admitted position by Dr. Desai himself that all criminal charges against him have not been dropped by the Indian authority as was claimed by senior leaders from Indian Medical Association (IMA) before the world medical body as the IMA demanded that Dr. Desai should be reinstated as WMA president. Unfortunately, based on this fraudulent claim by the IMA leaders, WMA has already decided to reinstate Dr. Desai as the president-elect for 2016. Apart from moving the court through PIL, PBT has also sent an urgent appeal to the WMA for removing Dr. Desai from the post of WMA president-elect as this would send a very wrong signal to the ordinary people and all honest members of the medical community.

TOI (Oct 11, 2015) Desai interview


The public interest litigation (PIL) filed by PBT against the sinister selection of disgraced ex-MCI president, Dr. Ketan Desai, to head the World Medical Association (WMA) was heard yesterday by the division bench of Delhi High Court (headed by Chief Justice) as the court reserved its order on the question of “maintainability” which was raised by the lawyers representing the MCI, Govt. of India and Indian Medical Association (IMA) as the court has reserved order for November 2, 2015 (see the news below). In this historic PIL, PBT has challenged Dr. Desai’s promotion as the WMA president-elect which was orchestrated by senior members of MCI/IMA who had made the false claim before the world medical body that all charges of corruption against Dr. Desai have been dropped by the Indian authority. The fact remains that Dr. Desai has been criminally indicted and still waiting for criminal trial following his arrest by the CBI in 2010 when he was caught red-handed for taking Rs. 2 crore bribe allegedly for granting MCI recognition to a private medical college.

It is surprising that not only the MCI and IMA, even the Govt. of India (health ministry) argued to defend Dr. Desai as they urged the court to dismiss PBT’s writ petition on the ground of “maintainability”. In fact, Additional Solicitor General, Mr. Sanjay Jain, appeared and took the side of Dr. Desai along with other senior advocates representing MCI and IMA. On the other hand, Sr. Advocate Mr. M.N. Krishnamani appeared on behalf of PBT and argued that apart from removal of Dr. Desai from the post of WMA president-elect, the PIL has also sought independent investigation of corruption inside MCI and strict disciplinary action against senior MCI member, Dr. Ajay Kumar, who was found guilty for “unethical conduct” by the Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) for helping Dr. Desai to become WMA president-elect and thus, this writ petition cannot be dismissed on the ground of “maintainability”. While we will wait with bated breath for the final order to be delivered by the Delhi High Court on 2nd November, an obvious question remains as to why the central government took the side of corrupt Dr. Ketan Desai instead of looking for the interest of ordinary citizens who have been paying a heavy price for the abysmal condition of medical education and healthcare system that have been plundered for decades by Dr. Desai and his cronies?

The role of IMA in our fight against medical corruption in India also becomes apparent as following the hearing of this important PIL yesterday, IMA has issued a “press release” (available at http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/indian-medical-association-refutes-allegations-being-targeted-towards-president-elect-of-the-world-medical-association—dr-ketan-desai-531670081.html) strongly defending Dr. Desai and criticizing the allegations raised against Dr. Desai a relevant portion of which is reproduced below:

“Padma Shri Awardees – Dr. A Marthanda Pillai, National President and Dr. K K Aggarwal, Honorary Secretary General, IMA, in a joint statement said, “Actions speak louder than words and the pivotal role played by Dr. Desai in streamlining the medical profession cannot be undermined by a few false accusations. The truth must come to the forefront and mere politics must not deter him from taking his rightful place as the President of the World Medical Association.”

TOI (Oct 10, 2015)


A three-judge bench of Kolkata District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum passed a historic judgment holding the Apollo Gleneagles Hospital in Kolkata and two of their doctors, Dr. Asoke Sengupta (Surgeon) and Dr. Srijita Ghosh Sen (Radiologist) guilty for causing mental agony and harassment to a patient through unethical and negligent therapy. This case was fought by PBT on behalf of the hapless victim from a remote village in West Bengal as PBT president, Dr. Kunal Saha, personally appeared before the court (during his last trip to India) and argued the case against the powerful Apollo Gleneagles Hospital. The Consumer Court made numerous scathing observations in regard to the incompetent and unethical doctors as well as the unfair trade practice that the Apollo hospital has been involved only to cheat the innocent patients (see the judgment below).

The victim in this case did not die or suffered any permanent injuries but he suffered endless mental as well as physical harassment due to the greed by the Apollo doctors. The Kolkata doctors recommended needless investigations (CT and X-ray) but did not bother to explain that the patient was not affected with any serious illness. Fearing for life, the victim rushed to Mumbai Tata Cancer Center where he was clearly told that he had nothing to be worried. Since there was no real physical injury suffered by the victim, the court granted a compensation of Rs. 40,000/- (Forty thousands) for pain and suffering including Rs. 10,000/- as “litigation cost” to be paid, jointly and severally, by the Apollo Hospital and the two guilty doctors. In addition, the court has also directed that if the hospital and two doctors fail to pay the compensation within 1 month from the date of the Judgment, i.e. 30th September, 2015, they will have to pay additional “penal damages” at the rate of Rs. 200/- each day.

After holding the Apollo Gleneagles Hospital and two doctors guilty, the court also made numerous scathing and remarkable observations underscoring the greed and lack of compassion by the hospital/doctors some of which are reproduced below:

(page 15) “…….we are convinced that the entire part of examination and opinion of the Dr. Asok Sengupta is against ethics of medical science and it is not proper type of prescription, such a prescription is not even written by the Quack doctors……this is the position of the Apollo Gleneagles Hospital, their doctors who are there only for collecting money, squeezing money by different methods but treatment is ‘zero’ and that is the fundamental medical trade to deceive the patient …..”

(page 16) “But truth is that the doctors who are operating such machine for CT Scan, MRI etc. are not practically aware about the machine or about its operation. Everything is done by the technicians.”

(page 17) “Two doctors, one FRCS and another MRCP talked with each other along with report of Apollo Gleneagles Hospital report, CT chest report but both of them only talked and gossiped but no result is noted that is the conduct of the OPs and such a practice on the part of the OPs is no doubt unethical and against medical philosophy and for their negligent and deficient manner of treatment and diagnosis complainant suffered mental suffering, physical suffering, family suffering and financial suffering.”

Judgment (Sept 30, 2015) DISTRICT CONSUMER COURT KOLKATA (Apollo-Nadia Case)


In order to entice the naive and vulnerable patients, huge Billboards and newspaper advertisements by private doctors and hospitals with attractive medical packages and/or superlative claims for medical success are seen everywhere in India. In the absence of any effective regulation, Doctors and wealthy hospitals have completely transformed Indian healthcare delivery system as a highly profitable business in the mode of selling soaps, TVs or gold ornaments. But advertisements in any form that try, directly or indirectly, to promote medical practice or attract the innocent patients are absolutely illegal in accordance to the MCI “Code of Ethics & Regulations”.

But with rampant corruption crippling the medical regulatory systems in MCI and state medical councils (SMCs), no doctor or hospital ever cared to observe the laws against advertisement. In a rare move, Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC) has issued warning to 40 doctors in the Mumbai area for promoting themselves through public advertisement. But does “warning” really mean anything to these unscrupulous doctors? We will have to wait and see.


The British Medical Journal (BMJ) recently reported that charges were dropped by the CBI court in Lucknow against the disgraced ex-MCI president, Dr. Ketan Desai. The BMJ article (carried by PBT) also reported that despite Dr. Desai’s several criminal indictments and a grossly tarnished background, the World Medical Association (WMA) recently decided to select Dr. Desai to be WMA president for 2016. This is the first time in medical history that a doctor of Indian origin is given the highly prestigious post of WMA president. In a response to the BMJ article, PBT president, Dr. Kunal Saha, has raised an important question as to why the WMA had to select perhaps the most notorious doctor in Indian medicine as their president for 2016. Dr. Saha’s response to BMJ can be viewed at the BMJ website (www.thebmj.com). It is also reproduced below:


“The name of Dr. Ketan Desai is well-known, nationally as well as internationally, amongst all doctors of Indian origin, albeit not always for the right reasons. As reported in this article, despite having been indicted for serious criminal charges including bribery and corruption during his time as the head of the Indian Medical Council (MCI), Dr. Desai was recently chosen as World Medical Association (WMA) president-elect for 2016 based on pro-Desai claims made by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) that leaves no doubt that Dr. Desai still maintains a strong grip over the medical fraternity in India.

India has approximately 700,000 to 800,000 registered doctors many of whom are performing wonderful job in India. In addition, large number of doctors of Indian origin have settled in other countries including UK and USA. Some of these non-resident Indian (NRI) doctors have also made great contribution to the society through practice or major discoveries to advance medical science. One must wonder why the WMA had to choose seemingly the most controversial doctor from India to lead this international medical organization for 2016.

Although all charges but one against Dr. Desai have been dropped, the main case for alleged bribery as the MCI president is still pending against him in Delhi. Indian as well as large part of international medical communities are in serious need to uplift public trust, honesty and transparency. Selection of a doctor facing criminal charges to head the WMA is not likely to help in our endeavor for an improved doctor-patient relationship in the future.”

Competing interests: Author is also the founding-president of People for Better Treatment (PBT), a registered humanitarian organization dedicated to fight medical corruption in India. The PBT has also filed a public interest litigation (PIL) in Delhi against the selection of Dr. Ketan Desai as the World Medical Association president-elect for 2016.


Top international medical journal from United Kingdom, British Medical Journal (BMJ), reported the news of sudden dismissal of all charges against disgraced ex-MCI president, Dr. Ketan Desai, by the magistrate at the CBI court in Lucknow earlier in the week (see the BMJ article below). The charges for “cheating” and “conspiracy” against Desai was dropped after almost five years on the technical ground that CBI did not obtain any “sanction” from the government before charging him for criminal action. Although there are many instances that public servants have been prosecuted for alleged corruption even without prior “sanction”, many are asking the question that why CBI wilted under this simple challenge by Desai and his attorneys. It is worthwhile to mention that serious allegation was raised recently in Supreme Court that the last CBI Director, Ranjit Sinha, had several secret meetings with Dr. Desai. In any event, Dr. Desai still remains criminal indicted in the original CBI “trap” case for taking a bribe of Rs. 2 crore from a private medical college in Punjab. Publication of this ongoing sordid sage involving Ketan Desai in the high profile international medical journal like BMJ would undoubtedly bring more disgrace for all doctors of Indian origin. Unfortunately, no medical groups or individual doctors are protesting against this ongoing atrocities by Desai and his medical cronies. Indian Medical Association (IMA), the largest organization of doctors in India, is also known to be controlled only by Desai and his cronies. In fact, IMA has been trying hard to promote and glorify Dr. Desai by pushing him to become the president of World Medical Association (WMA) as noted in the BMJ report.

BMJ (Sept 24, 2015) Ketan Desai


In what appears to be a lackluster performance by the CBI prosecutors, a special court in Lucknow allowed disgraced ex-MCI president, Dr. Ketan Desai’s application for his removal from criminal charges for “cheating” and “conspiracy” on a purely technical ground that no “sanction” (under section 197 CrPC) was obtained from the authority by the CBI before moving against Dr. Desai. In the Lucknow case, Dr. Desai, then working as MCI president, was accused to conspire to grant MCI permission to Ram Murthy Medical College, a private medical college in Bareily, U.P. even though the college was alleged not to have necessary infrastructures or faculties to train medical students. While the court did not get an opportunity to judge the merit of the allegations against Dr. Desai since there was no trial, Dr. Desai managed to escape from serious charges of cheating and conspiracy on the purely technical ground of “sanction” as Desai’s lawyers successfully argued that as a sitting MCI president when he was charged by the CBI, Dr. Desai was protected by “sanction” under section 197 CrPC.

The “sanction” requirement for entrapping or arresting corrupt public officials has been a subject of major controversy in Indian jurisprudence for a long time. Although at the beginning, CBI in Lucknow claimed that they have a strong case of corruption and cheating against Dr. Desai, their advocates were not able to put up a strong opposition in the court. It is to be seen whether CBI challenges this unexpected decision by the trial court before higher legal forum. Cronies of Dr. Desai and unscrupulous IMA leaders in Delhi are thrilled with this sudden decision by the trial court judge in Lucknow as they have started to claim that all criminal charges against Dr. Desai have been dropped even though Desai is still waiting for criminal trial to begin in main “trap” case against him pending before the Patiala Court in Delhi. PBT is keeping close eyes on these recent developments involving the biggest medical mafia in India and will take appropriate legal action to bring justice for the wide-spread medical corruption in India, caused primarily through deep-rooted collusion between the inept governments (both BJP-led and previously Congress-led), Dr. Desai and large number of his medical cronies who are still occupying high positions in MCI and IMA.


In accordance to the order passed last week by Supreme Court of India, PBT has filed a new writ petition (PIL) in Delhi High Court today seeking investigation of the wide-spread corruption inside the Medical Council of India (MCI) and direction for removal of disgraced ex-MCI president, Dr. Ketan Desai, from the post of World Medical Association (WMA) president-elect for 2016. Despite facing criminal trial for serious allegations of bribery and corruption and having suspended medical license, Dr. Desai was reinstated last year as the WMA president-elect after several top MCI/IMA leaders including chairman of the MCI Grievance Committee, Dr. Ajay Kumar, made false submission before the world medical body that all charges against Dr. Desai have been dropped by the Indian authority. The MCI president and a long-known Desai crony, Dr. Jayshreeben Mehta, also harassed the chief vigilance officer (CVO) as she refused to take any action against the top MCI/IMA leaders including Dr. Ajay Kumar, Dr. Vinay Aggarwal and Dr. Sudipto Roy, who were found guilty for unethical conduct and helping Dr. Desai to regain the post of WMA president-elect. All these important issues will come before Delhi High Court when this new PIL comes up for hearing soon.


After hearing arguments for the PIL filed by PBT against the deliberate and sinister promotion of disgraced ex-MCI president, Dr. Ketan Desai, to the prestigious post of WMA president-elect, division bench headed by the Chief Justice in Supreme Court of India (SC) granted permission to approach the High Court seeking appropriate reliefs for removal of Dr. Desai from the post of WMA president-elect (see the SC order below). This PIL was filed after several high-rank members of MCI and Indian Medical Association (IMA) made a false claim that all charges against Dr. Desai has been dropped by the Indian authority even though Dr. Desai remains free on bail and waiting for his criminal trial to begin for alleged bribery and corruption since he was caught red-handed by the CBI for taking huge bribe from a private medical college while Dr. Desai was still working as the MCI president in April, 2010. Apart from MCI, IMA and Dr. Ketan Desai, this unprecedented PIL also includes the international medical body (WMA) and Dr. Ajay Kumar, senior member of MCI/IMA who made the fraudulent claim before WMA with an application from the national IMA to reinstate Dr. Desai as the WMA president-elect. PBT will approach the Delhi High Court soon, as directed by the Apex Court, to bring justice for this colossal medical corruption.

SC Order (Sept 14, 2015) PIL-MCI-WMA-Ketan Desai