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Health Ministry and MCI File Affidavits in Supreme Court In Support of Dr. Ketan Desai

In the public interest litigation (PIL) filed by PBT alleging that disgraced ex-MCI chief, Dr. Ketan Desai, had rigged the last MCI election held in December, 2013 to put his hand-picked cronies at the helm of the MCI, central health ministry and MCI have filed their affidavits in the Supreme Court in which both have opposed the writ petition and defended Dr. Desai. This important PIL is expected to come for final argument in the next few weeks.

One of the principle allegations raised by the PBT is that Dr. Desai hosted a lavish dinner party at the IMA house in Delhi just the night before the election day where a printed list was circulated among all the newly elected MCI members in which specific names of doctors who would be elected to the top posts in the next day’s MCI election was categorically listed. Next day each of those candidates selected by Dr. Desai was elected, all without any contest, to their respective positions as noted in the list circulated at the dinner party the night before. While denying any foul play in the MCI election, both government and MCI have not been able to deny about the development allegedly took place at dinner party hosted by Dr. Desai as claimed by the PBT. Although we will have to wait for the final verdict from the Apex Court to uncover the entire truth, we wonder why the central government has decided to defend a grossly tainted man like Dr. Ketan Desai who is free on bail and waiting for criminal trial to face serious charges of bribery and corruption.

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  • Seshadri R January 19, 2016, 12:06 am

    I hope our PIL contains enough evidence from few newly elected MCI members which is against the way in which the election is conducted. This evidence will have a higher say than the affidavit filed by Ministry and MCI. Let us hope the best.

  • Saileswar Chakrabarti January 19, 2016, 11:02 am

    It’s a very good development that both the Health Ministry and the Medical Council have allegedly filed improper affidavits in Court proceeding in the Supreme Court. Now our PBT’s only task would be to establish clearly where the aforesaid parties filed the alleged false affidavits. There are 2 Supreme Court’s recent excellent decisions which appeared in The Times of India dated 26th March 2015 under the caption “Courts shouldn’t admit claim minus papers:SC.” The other Supreme Court decision is on upholding a Rs 10 lakh fine imposed on a business man for filing a false affidavit, a trend it had said had “shown an alarming increase in the past 15 years………This trend is certainly an unhealthy one that should be strongly discouraged.” It said in a recent judgement, which appeared in The Times of India dated 18.01.2016 under the caption False affidavit fine. So, these 2 Apex Court decisions are completely in our favor.

  • Jiwachh Jha January 20, 2016, 12:48 pm

    truth will finally prevail. Every move by and for Dr. Mehta is devoid of truth and hence lacks merit for consideration. Let us hope a befitting reply to this trend from the Hon’ble SC. We should keep on fighting for the justice and common welfare.

  • Parag January 23, 2016, 1:01 am

    What an eye opener! Even things like these happen – its like stuff you see in movies, made esp. on under developed countries where there is no law and order. We would be better off without MCI.

    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

  • Sonia January 25, 2016, 3:38 am

    Parag, there are many like you and me who have lost parents to the gross and willful negligence of so-called doctors operating in extortionist private hospitals which are completely unregulated. Individual campaigns against a few doctors will not help as much as a massive public campaign against medical corruption. The government is as much to blame for the callous attitude towards ‘right to life’ of patients, as private hospitals and self-styled doctors are.