PBT president Dr. Kunal Saha and two other doctors from West Bengal filed a new public interest litigation (PIL) in Calcutta High Court on Friday (November 29) seeking to stay the general body meeting to be held on December 10-11, 2013 to elect the next Medical Council of India (MCI) president and vice-president. MCI was dissolved in 2010 because of serious allegations of fraud and corruption following arrest of then MCI president, Dr. Ketan Desai, by the CBI allegedly for taking bribe from a private medical college. Over the past more than three years, MCI was run by a handful of doctors (as “Board of Governors”) selected by the central health ministry. Earlier this month, health ministry published names of only about 59 doctors (out of a total strength of about 130 MCI members) who were already elected or nominated as members for the next MCI and soon thereafter, MCI secretary issued a notice that election of next MCI president and vice-president will be held on December 10-11, 2013 by the new members among themselves.
Most of the 59 doctors named by the health ministry were “nominated” by the state or central government while most members who would be elected by their peers of registered medical practitioners from each state of India are still not in the MCI since these elections is still ongoing in different states at this very moment. In fact, Dr. Saha and the two other doctors who filed the PIL are contesting the election in West Bengal to become a member of next MCI. The final counting of votes by the West Bengal Medical Council will be held in Kolkata on December 19, 2013. Therefore, they (and many other doctors from across India who are also contesting MCI election) will have absolutely no chance to participate in election of the next MCI president/vice-president or to run for becoming MCI president/vice-president even if they win the West Bengal election and become a member of MCI. Ironically, Dr. Ketan Desai and many of his cronies who actually voted to make him MCI president in 2009 have already been nominated or elected as new MCI members. These important points have been raised in the new PIL filed in Kolkata today (see below).