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MCI and Indian Government Defend Dr. Ketan Desai’s Promotion as World Medical Associaion President as Delhi High Court Reserves Order for 2nd November: Whose Side Is Modi’s Government?

The public interest litigation (PIL) filed by PBT against the sinister selection of disgraced ex-MCI president, Dr. Ketan Desai, to head the World Medical Association (WMA) was heard yesterday by the division bench of Delhi High Court (headed by Chief Justice) as the court reserved its order on the question of “maintainability” which was raised by the lawyers representing the MCI, Govt. of India and Indian Medical Association (IMA) as the court has reserved order for November 2, 2015 (see the news below). In this historic PIL, PBT has challenged Dr. Desai’s promotion as the WMA president-elect which was orchestrated by senior members of MCI/IMA who had made the false claim before the world medical body that all charges of corruption against Dr. Desai have been dropped by the Indian authority. The fact remains that Dr. Desai has been criminally indicted and still waiting for criminal trial following his arrest by the CBI in 2010 when he was caught red-handed for taking Rs. 2 crore bribe allegedly for granting MCI recognition to a private medical college.

It is surprising that not only the MCI and IMA, even the Govt. of India (health ministry) argued to defend Dr. Desai as they urged the court to dismiss PBT’s writ petition on the ground of “maintainability”. In fact, Additional Solicitor General, Mr. Sanjay Jain, appeared and took the side of Dr. Desai along with other senior advocates representing MCI and IMA. On the other hand, Sr. Advocate Mr. M.N. Krishnamani appeared on behalf of PBT and argued that apart from removal of Dr. Desai from the post of WMA president-elect, the PIL has also sought independent investigation of corruption inside MCI and strict disciplinary action against senior MCI member, Dr. Ajay Kumar, who was found guilty for “unethical conduct” by the Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) for helping Dr. Desai to become WMA president-elect and thus, this writ petition cannot be dismissed on the ground of “maintainability”. While we will wait with bated breath for the final order to be delivered by the Delhi High Court on 2nd November, an obvious question remains as to why the central government took the side of corrupt Dr. Ketan Desai instead of looking for the interest of ordinary citizens who have been paying a heavy price for the abysmal condition of medical education and healthcare system that have been plundered for decades by Dr. Desai and his cronies?

The role of IMA in our fight against medical corruption in India also becomes apparent as following the hearing of this important PIL yesterday, IMA has issued a “press release” (available at http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/indian-medical-association-refutes-allegations-being-targeted-towards-president-elect-of-the-world-medical-association—dr-ketan-desai-531670081.html) strongly defending Dr. Desai and criticizing the allegations raised against Dr. Desai a relevant portion of which is reproduced below:

“Padma Shri Awardees – Dr. A Marthanda Pillai, National President and Dr. K K Aggarwal, Honorary Secretary General, IMA, in a joint statement said, “Actions speak louder than words and the pivotal role played by Dr. Desai in streamlining the medical profession cannot be undermined by a few false accusations. The truth must come to the forefront and mere politics must not deter him from taking his rightful place as the President of the World Medical Association.”

TOI (Oct 10, 2015)

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  • Mukesh Yadav October 11, 2015, 9:20 am

    I am not surprised with the stand taken by the IMA and Central Government on the issue of KD as they are hand in gloves with each other. I have very little hope with judiciary also as quality of medical education is casualty on many occasions in view of recent judicial decisions.

  • prakash October 11, 2015, 10:43 am

    Modi govt will be no different as they have all reached that place after losing their conciousness

  • R N Srivastava October 11, 2015, 12:58 pm

    Very regrettable stand of the GOI.Why not send a representation to P M Modi?often concerned Ministers take a stand of which Modi may not be aware.

    • PBTINDIA October 11, 2015, 1:16 pm

      PBT has sent several representations/memorandums against Dr. Ketan Desai and general medical corruption to the PMO. Unfortunately, our repeated pleas have fallen in deaf ears until now as we have not even received a single response from the Modi government.

  • Dr B Krishnamurthy October 11, 2015, 6:24 pm

    Suggest using a major news channel to start a campaign to bring issues to PM’s notice

  • Ganesh Mandal October 12, 2015, 8:20 am

    Mudi’s government took the side of Dr. Desai insted of loooking for the interest of innocent people of india. It is very sad news for us. Dr. Saha / PBT is very strong enough to call press conference with all news and TV channel to publish this news that Govt. of India is supporting this medical corruption. I have a strong believe that PBT must win this case no matter what.

  • Parag October 16, 2015, 10:52 pm

    Hi All!

    My family is also a victim of medical negligence. I’ve started the petition “Medical Council of India, Lilavati Hospital: Cancel License, expel Corrupt Nephrologist Hemant Mehta, Prashant Rajput who killed my Mom” and need your help to get it off the ground.

    Will you take 30 seconds to sign it right now. Here’s the link:

    http://www.change.org/p/medical-council-of-india-lilavati-hospital-cancel-license-expel-corrupt-nephrologist-hemant-mehta-prashant-rajput-who-killed-my-mom

    Thanks!
    Parag

  • Seshadri R October 19, 2015, 6:00 am

    Yes. The truth must come to the forefront and politicians may not be able to solve all Ketan Desai’s problems. We hope the rigging case will expose everything. Let us wait for the trials.