Ketan Desai and Ongoing Corruption in MCI: PBT Sends Notice to Health Minister For Immediate Action Against Three Desai Cronies In MCI

PBT president, Dr. Kunal Saha, has filed a new petition to central health minister, Mr. J.P. Nadda, demanding that disciplinary action must be taken within two weeks against three top MCI members, Dr. Ajay Kumar, Dr. Sudipto Roy and Dr. Vinay Aggarwal, as recommended last year by the Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) for helping disgraced ex-MCI president, Dr. Ketan Desai, regain the prestigious post of World Medical President (WMA) president-elect. As PBT reported earlier, the three senior MCI members (Kumar/Roy/Aggarwal) went before the world medical body and made a false claim that all charges against Desai were dropped by the Indian authority and based on these false claim, Desai was selected as WMA president-elect for 2016. Desai is still free on bail and waiting for his criminal trial to start in at least two separate CBI cases for serious charges of bribery and corruption.

After PBT lodged several complaints before different fora, then MCI-CVO, Mr. H.K. Jethi, conducted a full investigation and found Drs. Kumar/ROY/Aggarwal guilty for “unethical conduct’ and recommended last October to MCI president Dr. Jayshreeben Mehta, another well-known close associate of Desai, that disciplinary action should be taken against the three MCI members who are also holding top posts in important MCI Committees and thus, have strong influence over the healthcare regulatory system. The PMO directed for “prompt” redressal of PBT’s allegations last December and even the Health Ministry sent an “urgent” letter to MCI president on 19th March, 2015 asking for immediate action in this matter (see Health Ministry letter below), but MCI president has remained absolutely silent till now. Our repeated pleas to MCI for disciplinary action against Drs. Kumar/Roy/Aggarwal and to write to WMA for removal of Desai from the post of WMA president-elect. We also wonder why the Health Ministry has also remained aloof for so long to go after corruption in MCI. PBT has given two weeks time to the Health Minister after which they may move the court for justice.
Annexure A (Health Ministry complaint) June, 2015