Home page of the website of Indian Medical Association (IMA), the largest organization of doctors in India, glaringly showers endless accolades in favor of their long-time leader and disgraced ex-MCI president, Dr. Ketan Desai, for being selected as the World Medical Association (WMA) president. The world medicine has erupted in strong protest after Dr. Desai, who is still waiting for his criminal trial to begin for alleged bribery and corruption and whose medical license still remains suspended, after Desai was recently promoted to the post of WMA president by virtue of a fabricated claim by the IMA that all charges against Desai have been dropped by the Indian government. PBT has already sent a legal notice to the MCI and Health Ministry urging them to step in to remove Desai from the WMA.
IMA, which is under control of well-known Desai cronies, has attempted to paint the biggest medical mafia of Indian medicine, Dr. Ketan Desai, almost as a saint in Indian medicine. In order to glorify Dr. Desai on his elevation to the post of WMA president, IMA has made a boisterous and unimaginable claim on their website, “Indeed a historical moment of which every Indian would feel proud was when Dr Ketan Desai took over the reins of World Medical Association as its President at 10 am on Friday 21st October 2016 at Hotel Grand Hyatt to a thundering applause by the world professional fraternity.”
While it is true that Dr. Ketan Desai is a well-known name in Indian medicine but only for all the wrong reasons. A simple google search with his name would show countless reports, almost all focusing on his long-standing corruption and his arrest by the CBI for taking a huge bribe from a private medical college in 2010. Ironically, the long and adoring IMA story does not even hint that Dr. Desai was arrested by the CBI or that he is still facing a criminal trial. The shameless drum-beat by the IMA to prop up the most corrupt medical man in Indian history will undoubtedly further erode public trust on Indian medical fraternity. It is high time that the honest and conscientious doctors of India must raise their voice of protest against this unabashed praise of Dr. Ketan Desai.