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Wolves in Sheep’s Clothings? – Ketan Desai Cronies in MCI Claim Investigating 300 Doctors for Alleged Bribery

Cronies of disgraced ex-MCI president Dr. Ketan Desai who have occupied top positions in MCI through a rigged election (Supreme Court issued notice to MCI and Dr. Desai last two weeks ago against election rigging in response to a PIL moved by PBT) and are running medical regulatory system in India since last December, have claimed that they are investigating 300 doctors for accepting gifts from a drug company in Gujarat in response to an ‘anonymous” complaint.  Two long-time close Desai supporters, Dr. Ajay Kumar and Dr. K.K. Aggarwal, who are now part of the MCI leadership, have divulged this information to Times of India yesterday.  Ironically, MCI has long been sitting on a complaint against Dr. Ajay Kumar for alleged corruption and criminal conspiracy to shield Dr. Desai.  Further, Dr. Kumar and other leaders of Indian Medical Association (IMA) was also found guilty for professional misconduct by the previous MCI for accepting huge amount of money for sponsoring unhealthy commercial soft drink after a Kerala-based eye-surgeon, Dr. Babu, lodged a formal complaint.  Shockingly, after Desai cronies came to power at MCI, not only the case against IMA/Dr. Kumar was dismissed, MCI started harassing Dr. Babu and even issued summon to his non-medical wife recently.

In regard to the alleged investigation of 300 doctors, PBT raises the obvious questions: 1)  Why MCI accepted a complaint from an “anonymous” person?  2)  Why information about this investigation was deliberately leaked to the media?  3)  When thousands of complaints from ordinary citizens and victims of medical negligence are kept pending for years, why this particular complaint was taken up expeditiously by the present MCI?  4)  Does people like Dr. Kumar and Dr. Aggarwal, who themselves are facing complaints for alleged corruption, have moral right to investigate complaints against other doctors?  5)  Why MCI president forced the Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) who was investigating Ketan Desai and his cronies including Dr. Kumar?  Will the MCI president answer these questions?