The division bench of Delhi High Court presided by chief justice, G. Rohini, adjourned the public interest litigation (PIL) brought by PBT against the deliberate and fraudulent attempt by top leaders of the IMA and Medical Council of India (MCI) to reinstate disgraced ex-MCI president, Dr. Ketan Desai, to the prestigious post of World Medical Association (WMA) president starting October, 2016. The HC heard arguments from all parties on 9th October, 2015 including both the Ministry of Health and MCI, both of whom took the side of Dr. Desai and pleaded to dismiss the PIL on ground of “maintainability”). The HC reserved final order on the question of “maintainability” to be delivered on 2nd November, 2015. However, on 2nd November, the court adjourned the order for 6th January, 2016 but when the day came, the court again adjourned the matter to 8th February, 2016. And today (8th February, 2016), the court once again simply adjourned the delivery of order to 3rd March, 2016.
The principal prayer in this historic PIL is to direct the Govt. of India and MCI for taking necessary steps to stop Dr. Desai from becoming WMA president in October because it was allegedly planned through fraudulent claim by high-rank MCI and IMA members that all charges against Dr. Desai (for allegedly taking bribes from private medical college) have been dropped by the Indian authority. We are concerned that this PIL may become absolutely infructuous if this matter is delayed further because Dr. Desai would assume the top post in the world medical body despite facing serious criminal charges and despite having his medical registration still suspended by the MCI.