After PBT president Dr. Kunal Saha lodged a complaint with the Medical Council of India (MCI) following recent reinstatement of disgraced ex-MCI chief, Dr. Ketan Desai, as the head of Urology department (HOD) at the B.J. Medical College in Ahmedabad despite his license to practice medicine still remains suspended, Gujarat Medical Council (GMC) has come strongly to the defense of Dr. Desai as they have responded in a letter addressed to the central medical council that ““MCI also does not have the jurisdiction to issue any direction to any State Medical Council for suspending the registration of any medical practitioner enrolled/registered with any State Medical Council” (see copy of GMC letter below).
In 2010, in response to a complaint from PBT following Dr. Desai’s arrest by the CBI while taking bribe from a private medical college, MCI directed to summarily suspend Dr. Desai’s license to practice pending full investigation of PBT’s complaint. This matter is still pending with MCI and as such, Dr. Desai’s medical license still remains suspended as he is free on bail still awaiting trial for serious criminal charges of bribery and corruption. But Gujarat Government recently reappointed Dr. Desai to his old post as the HOD of B.J. Medical College in the most surreptitious fashion. Now GMC has also stepped in with staunch support for Desai with brazen claim that MCI has no authority to take punitive action not only against Dr. Desai but also against any errant medical doctor who are registered with different state medical councils across India. PBT has already urged present head of MCI and chairman of MCI “Board of Governors”, Dr. R.K. Srivastave to take immediate measures against this atrocity by the GMC. Ironically, Dr. Desai remained as GMC president even long after he was arrested by CBI and removed from MCI in 2010.