An official letter written by former health secretary, Mr. Keshav Desiraju, who was removed from Health Ministry last month by health minister Mr. Gulam Nabi Azad has revealed that Mr. Azad was not happy with Mr. Desiraju’s concerns about return of disgraced ex-MCI president, Dr. Ketan Desai and his cronies to the highest medical regulatory authority in India (MCI). A Times Now expose’ has shown the letter today clearly suggesting that Mr. Azad did not appreciate opposition to the return of Dr. Desai or his medical cronies back to MCI as expressed by Mr. Desiraju which possibly resulted in his abrupt transfer out of the health ministry.
PBT has been fighting relentlessly against Dr. Desai, his cronies and wide-spread corruption in the healthcare delivery system at various levels since its inception in 2001. In fact, snce Dr. Desai was caught red-handed by CBI while taking bribe from a private medical college in 2010, PBT is the only organization that have filed several lawsuits in Gujarat High Court and Supreme Court of India in order to stop Dr. Desai and his cronies to return to MCI. Unfortunately, many of Dr. Desai’s cronies have recently been re-nominated to the newly formed MCI – thanks to the implicit support by the health ministry. Mr. Azad and his ministry have also remained absolutely silent to the repeated appeals filed by PBT against the ongoing atrocity in MCI which includes re-nomination of at least 17 tainted doctors to the MCI who are known to be closely associated with Dr. Desai.
But it is not just the UPA government, BJP-led Narendra Modi government has also come to the rescue of corrupt Dr. Desai. The top BJP leader and prominent attorney, Mr. Arun Jaitley, had previously defended Dr. Desai in court against charges of corruption. Ironically, the Modi government in Gujarat has not only reinstated Dr. Desai as head of Urology in B.J. Medical College in Ahmedabad even with a suspended medical license and while Desai is still facing criminal trial for bribery and corruption, Gujarat Government has also helped Dr. Desai to get re-nominated to the MCI from Gujarat University ignoring repeated appeals from PBT. A public interest litigation (PIL), filed by PBT, is currently pending in Gujarat High Court which after Modi Government refused to take any step to remove Dr. Desai from Gujarat University Senate.