Dr. Ketan Desai is presently free on bail waiting for his criminal trial to start facing serious charges from CBI for bribery and corruption as he was caught red-handed in April, 2010 for taking bribe from a private medical college while sitting as MCI president. Complaint by PBT president Dr. Kunal Saha filed in 2010 for unethical behavior against Dr. Desai is still pending before MCI for final decision even though MCI has already suspended Dr. Desai’s medical license indefinitely pending full investigation. Dr. Desai also managed to put all his long-time cronies in top positions in the newly formed MCI through a rigged election held in December, 2014. A new PIL has just been registered by PBT in this regard in Supreme Court.
Shockingly, with pending criminal case and suspended medical license, Dr. Desai attended the World Medical Association (WMA) General Body meeting held last week (Oct. 8-11, 2014) at Durban, South Africa. Even more shockingly, while complaint against Dr. Desai is still pending before the MCI Ethics Committee for final decision, several sitting MCI Ethics Committee members including Dr. Ajay Kumar, Dr. Sudipto Roy and Dr. Vinay Aggarwal also accompanied Dr. Desai to the WMA meeting in South Africa. Top national IMA leaders including their president Dr. Jitendra Patel and secretary Dr. Narendra Saini also accompanied Dr. Desai to South Africa (see picture below). PBT has written to our health minister, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, about this despicable incidence. Health department must investigate how sitting MCI Ethics Committee members are allowed to publicly accompany a tainted doctor like Dr. Desai who is facing serious charges for unethical conduct along with other pending criminal cases? Can these MCI members (Dr. Kumar, Dr. Roy and Dr. Aggarwal) ever do justice and take appropriate disciplinary against Dr. Desai while they travel to exotic foreign countries together? How Dr. Desai was permitted to leave India while waiting for criminal trial against him to begin? Who paid for their travel, hotel etc. to South Africa? Our health minister must not only give boisterous lectures against pervasive corruption in MCI and Indian healthcare system, he must act now when blatant acts by sitting members of MCI are brought to him. We have already written to the health minister seeking his immediate intervention in this matter.