In another frustrating hearing episode at the Medical Council of India (MCI) on Tuesday (May 10), the Ethics Committee decided to adjourn the case filed by PBT president Dr. Kunal Saha against the disgraced ex-chief of the MCI, Dr. Ketan Desai. Desai’s attorney had sought the adjournment on the ground that Desai also had to appear before the CBI for his ongoing criminal investigation. MCI decided to summarily suspend Dr. Desai’s license in October last year but the Gujarat Medical Council (GMC) has blatantly refused to suspend Dr. Desai’s registration making a total mockery of the MCI’s decision. Surprisingly, MCI has also remained a silent spectator even after we brought the sinister role of the GMC to the MCI’s attention. Dr. Desai also managed to get himself elected “unopposed” to the Gujarat University Senate (as a doctor member of the GMC) last December – thanks to the implicit support by his cronies still ruling the state medical council and Indian Medical Association (IMA). However, Supreme Court has already issued notice against Dr. Desai and Gujarat University we challenged Desai’s dubious election to the University Senate. This matter will come up for hearing before the Apex Court on July 8, 2011.
In another disturbing development in the MCI, the Ethics Committee has also remained silent as they continue to hold the “judgment reserved” in the Anuradha Saha death case even after the lapse of more than 4 months since they concluded all hearings in this matter of great public interest. As we reported earlier, the Ethics Committee had previously held two senior Kolkata doctors (Sukumar Mukherjee and Baidyanath Halder) guilty for “medical negligence” on August 3, 2010 but the final verdict for the “quantum of punishment” has stalled since that time. Why the MCI is now hesitant to make this simple final decision to punish the two guilty doctors? Justice delayed is justice denied. How long the MCI plans to continue delaying and denying justice for Anuradha?