In another unbelievable twist to disgraced ex-MCI president Dr. Ketan Desai saga, PBT has come to learn that medical cronies of Desai were able to hoodwink World Medical Association (WMA) to select him as WMA president for 2016. Dr. Ketan Desai, who became MCI president in 2009, was caught red-handed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for taking bribe from a private medical college in April, 2010. Dr. Desai had also managed to get himself nominated as WMA president-elect in 2009 through corruption and evil influence. But following Dr. Desai’s arrest in 2010 and subsequent cancellation of his medical registration by MCI (in response to our complaint), WMA was eventually compelled to suspend Dr. Desai from the prestigious post of president-elect.
PBT came to learn last year from the 59th issue of WMA Journal that one Dr. Ajay Kumar appeared before WMA Assembly and submitted an application on behalf of IMA demanding that Dr. Desai should be reinstated to his post as WMA president-elect because all charges against Dr. Desai had already been dropped by the Indian authority (CBI). But the claim made before WMA by Dr. Ajay Kumar and IMA was nothing but a blatant lie as Dr. Desai is still free on bail facing serious criminal charges for bribery and corruption as confirmed by CBI. Even more shockingly, we have now come to learn from the 60th issue of WMA Journal that has just been posted at WMA website (WWW.WMA.NET) that WMA has decided that since Dr. Desai has been exonerated from all charges by the Indian authority, as claimed by IMA and Dr. Ajay Kumar, he would be inaugurated as WMA president in 2016.
It is a sheer ignominy for the Indian medical fraternity and shame for the entire nation that a tainted physician like Dr. Desai who is still facing criminal trial for alleged bribery and corruption and whose medical license remains suspended could be selected as the president of the world medical body (WMA) solely through blatant lies by some of his medical cronies who are also holding important posts in IMA and MCI (Dr. Ajay Kumar is a member of present MCI and chairman of MCI “Grievance Committee”). This is a grave travesty in the making which is likely to have major negative impact on Indian healthcare, international reputation and public trust on doctors. PBT has lodged an appeal to the new health minister, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, to take immediate remedial measures to prevent Dr. Desai from becoming WMA president in 2016 and also to take necessary steps to prosecute Dr. Ajay Kumar and other IMA leaders who orchestrated this malevolent plan only to shield Dr. Desai from equitable justice (see PBT’s appeal below).