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Wolves in Sheep’s Clothings? – Ketan Desai Cronies in MCI Claim Investigating 300 Doctors for Alleged Bribery

Cronies of disgraced ex-MCI president Dr. Ketan Desai who have occupied top positions in MCI through a rigged election (Supreme Court issued notice to MCI and Dr. Desai last two weeks ago against election rigging in response to a PIL moved by PBT) and are running medical regulatory system in India since last December, have claimed that they are investigating 300 doctors for accepting gifts from a drug company in Gujarat in response to an ‘anonymous” complaint.  Two long-time close Desai supporters, Dr. Ajay Kumar and Dr. K.K. Aggarwal, who are now part of the MCI leadership, have divulged this information to Times of India yesterday.  Ironically, MCI has long been sitting on a complaint against Dr. Ajay Kumar for alleged corruption and criminal conspiracy to shield Dr. Desai.  Further, Dr. Kumar and other leaders of Indian Medical Association (IMA) was also found guilty for professional misconduct by the previous MCI for accepting huge amount of money for sponsoring unhealthy commercial soft drink after a Kerala-based eye-surgeon, Dr. Babu, lodged a formal complaint.  Shockingly, after Desai cronies came to power at MCI, not only the case against IMA/Dr. Kumar was dismissed, MCI started harassing Dr. Babu and even issued summon to his non-medical wife recently.

In regard to the alleged investigation of 300 doctors, PBT raises the obvious questions: 1)  Why MCI accepted a complaint from an “anonymous” person?  2)  Why information about this investigation was deliberately leaked to the media?  3)  When thousands of complaints from ordinary citizens and victims of medical negligence are kept pending for years, why this particular complaint was taken up expeditiously by the present MCI?  4)  Does people like Dr. Kumar and Dr. Aggarwal, who themselves are facing complaints for alleged corruption, have moral right to investigate complaints against other doctors?  5)  Why MCI president forced the Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) who was investigating Ketan Desai and his cronies including Dr. Kumar?  Will the MCI president answer these questions?

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  • Royal Bengal November 22, 2014, 12:30 am

    In Western Countries practising licence of doctors are cancelled if a doctor is caught taking bribe from Pharmaceutical companies for prescribing medicines. Indian government & MCI should cancel practising licence of doctors taking bribe from Pharma companies.
    Also the Pharma companies should be heavily penalised & blacklisted from marketing their products if caught giving bribe to doctors, which is followed in Western countries.
    Political leaders & government authorities should not take bribe from doctors & pharma companies who are caught in such bribe scandal and allow them to go free without taking severe action against them.
    Doctors are suppose to give receipt of the fees they charge from patients and are suppose to pay 14.5% as service tax on money they collect from patients. do they do that. Why tax department are not after them.

  • Anonymous November 22, 2014, 10:55 am

    Uselessfellow

  • nkkpatnaik November 24, 2014, 6:12 am

    To
    1. The Branch Manager, SBI Life Insurance Co. Ltd.
    2nd Floor, Narayana Plaza, Opp. Chaturbhuj Dharmasala,
    P.O: Berhampur.
    2. Head Claims, SBI Life Insurance Co. Ltd.
    CPC, Kapas Bhavan, Plot no. 3A, Sector no. 10
    CBD Belapur, Navi Mumbai,- 400 14
    3. Dr. Promod Kumar Das M.B.B.S, Regd no. 7714 [O]
    Alakapuri, Berhampur, Dist: Ganjam.
    4. The Secretary, Medical Council of India, Pocket- 14 , Sector – 8,
    Dwarka Phase -1, New Delhi – 110077, INDIA
    Subject: Legal Notice to bring the Kind attention, of the illegal acts of creation of fake documents and producing the same before the Hon’ble Lokadalat to make wrongful loss to my client.
    Under instructions from and on behalf of my client Mr. Niranjan Behera S/o late Maguni Behera, 3rd Tota Street, P.O: Berhampur, Dist: Ganjam, I serve this notice on you as follows:
    Sirs;
    1. Apropos to above stated subject matter I, herein bring the grievance of my client, to your kind attention for taking appropriate legal action for the illegal acts [wrongs] committed by no.1 to 3 of you against my Client to cause him wrongful loss for the reasons as elicited below:
    2. Sir, my Client has attracted a PLA Case bearing no. 165/2014 on the file of Hon’ble Lokadalat at Ganjam [Berhampur] for the claim of the policy as no.1 and 2 of you have repudiated the claim of my client basing on the documents he submitted to you. Surprisingly the Annexure – D & E are the fake documents were created at the instance of no.1 and 2 of you to cause wrongful loss to my client.
    3. Incidentally my client has only submitted Annexure- F a color Xerox copy with a signature on it. And also you are having a Medical attendant certificate [ a Xerox copy is attached herewith] of Dr. P.S.N. Rao in your file but when you no.1 & 2 found that as per the annexure –F and the attendant certificate [enclosed] then both no.1 & 2 of you above have created a fabricated illegal document to suit your illegal desire to take away the claim of my client.
    4. I on behalf of my client herein caution you that for making wrongful loss to my client, not to attracts wrongful means of creating fake documents for which no.1 to 3 of you will be punishable with 3 years imprisonment for creating wrongful documents:
    Section 167. Public servant farming an incorrect document with intent to cause injury
    Whoever, being a public servant, and being, as 1[such public servant, charged with the preparation or translation of any document or electronic record, frames, prepares or translates that document or electronic record] in a manner which he knows or believes to be incorrect, intending thereby to cause or knowing it to be likely that he may thereby cause injury to any person, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to three years, or with fine, or with both.
    that the above said conduct of no.1 to 3 of you above, is uncalled for a fair play in the Insurance transactions which reflect Unfair trade practice need for legal interference, and my Client has afforded a chance to get back the fake documents in the court of the Hon’ble LokAdalat within 10 days of this notice lest law will take its own course to punish no.1 to 3 of you for the crime committed by you without prejudice to his claim filed before the Hon’ble Lokadalat, at Berhampur,
    6. For the reasons stated above, my client herein issue this legal notice to no. 4 of you above to take appropriate legal action against the doctor i.e. no.3 of the above as per the code of conduct of Medical Council of India, so that my Client may not require/need to attract the legal recourses for his wrongful losses sustained by him, in the course of the illegal acts of the no.1 to 3 of you above in appropriate Courts of Criminal Jurisdiction at Berhampur.
    Enclosure: Xerox copy of the medical attendant certificate of Dr. PSN Rao Truly
    Client Advocate

  • Seshadri R November 28, 2014, 4:51 am

    I really pity for the poor 300 doctors who have accepted gifts from the pharma company. But what about members of MCI who accepts huge money from various institutions for compromising rules and regulations framed for the betterment of poor people and medical education ?. This is high time, PBT having a hold, to fight with the corrupt practices in the system and improve the health care system in India. We all should lend a support to their endeavor.