A new public interest litigation (PIL) was filed yesterday in Gujarat High Court against the state government for their deliberate inaction to investigate and removal of Dr. Ketan Desai from the Gujarat University (GU) Senate. The disgraced ex-MCI president, Dr. Ketan Desai, was caught red-handed by the CBI in 2010 for taking bribe from a private medical college. The MCI was soon dissolved to be replaced by a Board of Governors (BOG) which is still running the function of the highest healthcare regulatory authority in India. Following a complaint from PBT, the BOG suspended Dr. Desai’s license to practice medicine pending the result of a full investigation for violation of ethical norms that all doctors must obey. Dr. Desai is still waiting for his criminal trial to begin for serious charges of corruption and bribery. Despite his criminal indictment and suspension of license to practice medicine, Dr. Desai still managed to win “unopposed” election for the only seat in GU Senate reserved for medical doctors in the state.
After PBT challenged Dr. Desai’s botched election win to become a member of the GU Senate, Supreme Court passed an order on February 18, 2013 giving “liberty” to PBT to approach the authority in Gujarat to investigate Dr. Desai’s election under dubious conditions. After repeated appeals to the Gujarat Government remained unanswered, PBT was compelled to move the Gujarat HC seeking intervention what appears to be deliberate attempt on part of the authority to protect Dr. Desai from being exposed of his manipulation to win the lone seat in the GU Senate in an attempt to regain control of the MCI once again since the medical-member would automatically be nominated to the MCI once the full body is re-established in accordance to the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956.