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Is Medical Corruption Spreading Beyond Indian Borders? World Medical Association (WMA) and IMA Leaders Back Disgraced Ex-MCI President, Ketan Desai: Report from British Medical Journal

Top-rank international medical journal, British Medical Journal (BMJ), published a report this week on the recent muddle with reinstatement of disgraced ex-Medical Council of India (MCI) president, Dr. Ketan Desa, as WMA president-elect for 2016 (see BMJ report below). Dr. Desai has a long and grossly tainted history in Indian medicine which is known to most ordinary people in India. Despite a checkered past, Dr. Desai has been able to maintain a firm grip over the medical education and healthcare regulation system in India with support from his unscrupulous cronies many of whom are still occupying top positions in MCI and Indian Medical Association (IMA).

After Desai was caught red-handed by CBI for taking bribe from a private medical college in 2010, MCI was dissolved under massive public pressure. Although Desai managed to get himself selected for the prestigious post of WMA president for 2010, WMA was compelled to remove Desai from his post of president-elect following his arrest by CBI in 2010. After staying in jail for several months, Desai was released on bail later in 2010. While free on bail, Desai is waiting for his criminal trial to begin for serious charges of bribery and corruption.

Last year, WMA suddenly declared that Desai would be reinstated as WMA president-elect for 2016 based on a fabricated claim some IMA leaders including Dr. Ajay Kumar and Dr. K.K. Aggarwal, boh members of IMA/MCI, that all charges against Desai have been dropped by the Indian authority. PBT launched strong protest against such fraudulent act by the IMA/MCI leaders and demanded that Desai must be removed from his post of WMA president-elect. Now a top leader of WMA, Dr. Mukesh Haikarwal from Australia, has come forward to defend Desai and claimed that there is no bar to make Desai as WMA president-elect until he is convicted by the court. According to the rules of Indian government and that of most other countries, a public official must be suspended indefinitely who has been found prima facie guilty for criminal offense and put in jail for more than 48 hours until he is acquitted by the court. More importantly, WMA also suspended Desai and removed him from the post of president-elect in 2010 soon after his arrest by CBI even when no charges were framed against him. Now charges have been framed and Desai is waiting for trial to start anytime, WMA decided to reinstate him as president-elect because he has not been “convicted” by the court yet. Even more shockingly, this WMA leader has stated to BMJ that Desai must be highly “regarded” as a medical figure in India since he recently attended an IMA conference where the newly selected health minister, Mr. J.P. Nadda, also took part. Why this sudden change of heart of WMA to favor Desai? Has the evil of healthcare corruption crossed Indian border and infiltrated even the largest world medical body?

BMJ (Feb 2, 2015) Desai-WMA

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  • R Seshadri February 5, 2015, 11:50 am

    I am closely following up Ketan Desai’s case. Ketan Desai is not only having firm grip from his own nominated board members in MCI but also good support from Modi and Nadda. This is evident from their silence over Desai’s election as member from Gujarat Medical Council and Ministry of Health keeping long silence in spite adverse report CVO of MCI. Only hope that India will be saved from these corrupt mafia gang, if Judiciary came forward with full force during the ongoing case at Delhi, which was filed by Mr. Saha of PBT

  • KIran Mayee February 6, 2015, 5:57 am

    Interestingly Dr. K. K. Agarwal, brother- in- law of the current Atorney General of India Mr. Mukul Rohtagi, has been appointed as the Hony. Secretary General of IMA, which is tightly controlled by serial scamster Ketan Desai.

    Has the appointment of Agarwal been made so that Agarwal can use his personal relationship with the AG Rohtagi to dilute/ dismiss the criminal cases against Ketan which are under investigation/ pending trial, is a mute point which should be raised immediately.

  • Subu007 February 11, 2015, 11:53 am

    What will happen majority medical college are not maintaining minimum standards and getting mci recognition and also increment of seats. When this will stop or not. Astonishing fact is 90% patients are dummy. No academics, no surgery. Today we are beating the anti corruption drum then where is the execution. Just gimmick.