The World Medical Association (WMA) is holding their Council meeting this week at Buenos Aires, Argentina. PBT obtained information that disgraced ex-MCI president, Dr. Ketan Desai, joined the WMA meeting along with several top MCI and Indian Medical Association (IMA) leaders including MCI Grievance Committee chairman, Dr. Ajay Kumar, and IMA Secretary General, Dr. K.K. Aggarwal (see picture from Sheraton Hotel in Buenos Aires below with Dr. Desai sitting in the middle as Dr. Aggarwal (with cap) and Dr. Kumar sitting on each side). PBT filed a public interest litigation (PIL) recently after IMA leaders pushed Dr. Desai to become WMA president-elect for 2016 through fraudulent claim that all charges against Dr. Desai have been dropped by the Indian authority.
Dr. Desai is still waiting for criminal trial on serious charges of bribery and corruption after he was caught red-handed by the CBI for taking bribe from a private medical college in 2010 in exchange of granting MCI recognition when he was still the sitting MCI president. Following his arrest by the CBI, Board of Governors (BOG) also indefinitely suspended Dr. Desai’s medical registration after PBT president, Dr. Kunal Saha, lodged a formal complaint for ethical violation against Dr. Desai. Despite having suspended medical license and facing criminal trial, present MCI and IMA leaders are shamelessly helping Dr. Desai to restore his grossly dented public image and to bring him back to the helm of MCI/IMA. Although Delhi High Court dismissed our PIL last month against the alleged collusion between Desai, MCI/IMA leaders and WMA on the untenable plea that no “public interest” is involved in this case,PBT is all set to challenge this capricious decision before the Supreme Court of India. But obvious questions remain – Can leaders of MCI/IMA openly help a criminally-indicted doctor with suspended medical license (Ketan Desai) to regain the top post in the world medical body? We also wonder who are bearing the cost for these lavish foreign trips by our medical leaders including Dr. Ketan Desai?