MCI Refuses To Disclose Past Communications With Health Ministry Under UPA Government

In reply to specific information sought by PBT from Medical Council of India (MCI) under RTI Act, 2005, public information officer (PIO) of MCI has submitted that no letters/emails or other correspondence between new MCI president, Dr. Jayshreeben Mehta and Central Health Ministry between December, 2013 (when new MCI was established) and April, 2014 could be provided under the RTI Act because most of these letters/emails were replied by the “concerned section” and MCI president “ordinarily” did not write the response (see copy of MCI response below).  Even if MCI does not “ordinarily” write to the health ministry, what stopped them to provide the letters that she might have written under extraordinary circumstances?  We also wonder why MCI also did not provide a single response written by the “concerned section”.  PBT sought information in order to investigate corruption that has marred selection of disgraced ex-MCI president, Dr. Ketan Desai’s close associates to all top positions including president, vice-president and members of important Executive and Post-graduated Committees through a botch election on 10th December, 2013.

The MCI also refused to provide a specific letter that PBT had sought which was written by Pondicherry University in regard to an alleged corruption in the MGM College and Research Institute on the ground that the original files are with CBI as they are also investigating this incidence. Does MCI not even have a xerox machine to keep copies of these important documents before sending the original copies to the CBI?  It is noteworthy that the information sought by PBT was created during the UPA government under then health minister, Mr. Gulam Nabi Azad, who is known to have a cozy relationship with Dr. Desai.  We wonder what Dr. Mehta and other leaders of the new MCI are trying to hide from public.  PBT is appealing these bogus and evasive response from MCI-PIO as permitted under RTI Act, 2005.  We hope that the health minister under the new BJP government would take note of this deplorable action by MCI and take appropriate disciplinary measures against the culprits.

MCI-RTI Response (Sept 3, 2014) CBI-President’s letters