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MCI Refuses To Disclose Information About Ketan Desai and Investigation of Complaints Against Doctors, Spends Lakhs of Taxpayers Money To Suppress Facts by Moving Against CIC

In a desperate attempt to suppress information about Ethics Committee investigation of complaints of medical negligence and status of investigation of complaint against disgraced Dr. Ketan Desai, Medical Council of India (MCI) moved a frivolous writ petition in Delhi High Court challenging the recent order passed by Central Information Commission (CIC) directing MCI to provide PBT all information in regard to Ethics Committee investigation of complaints against doctors and long-standing investigation of Dr. Desai whose license was suspended by the MCI in 2010. The CIC passed this order on February 2, 2017 directing MCI to provide the requested information within 3 weeks after MCI refused to provide any information after PBT filed an application under RTI Act, 2005 seeking the relevant information for public interest. Instead of coming clean in a transparent manner to disclose the information as directed by the CIC, MCI obtained an ex perte stay from Delhi High Court on the ground that Dr. Kunal Saha, PBT president, is a USA citizen and as such, has no right to obtain information under RTI Act, 2005.

Ironically, the RTI application seeking information from MCI was not filed by Dr. Saha, but by PBT vide an RIT application signed on behalf of PBT by Mr. Ranjit Sarkar, a PBT governing body member and resident of Kolkata. Dr. Saha only appeared and argued the case before CIC during the final hearing of this matter in January, 2017. Thus, MCI has willfully misguided the court to obtain this stay order in order to avoid disclosure of their continued support for the disgraced ex-MCI head, Dr. Ketan Desai and also to suppress the botched investigation of numerous complaints of “medical negligence” by MCI Ethics Committee where hardly any doctor is found guilty. In any event, in a similar case (refusals to provide information under RTI Act by West Bengal Medical Council to Dr. Kunal Saha on his citizenship status, Supreme Court categorically held in 2007 that Dr. Saha has right to obtain RTI information as an overseas citizen of India). PBT will move against this vengeful act by the highest medical regulatory body and demand exemplary punishment against MCI.

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  • Ally March 30, 2017, 10:52 am

    MCI did not upload ethics minutes of meetings (which are the detail of proceedings taken place in various complaints against doctors nationwide) at its web portal for last 4 years even after CIC order to do so in public interest. The Last minutes are available on MCI portal of Oct-2013 despite many cases have been decided by MCI during last 4 years but their proceeding details have not been made public. I urge PBT to take a strong and effective action for it…Thanks

  • Saileswar Chakrabarti March 31, 2017, 3:30 am

    MCI is not alone in suppressing the legitimate information under the RTI ACT 2005. RBI, as a regulatory body in Banking industries, has also been following the same practice. The situation has gone to such a stage that despite filing 25 RTI applications against a multinational bank where I am still an employee since 1962 and duly admitted and given appropriate orders on RBI and some other PAS in many cases by CIC to provide information, RBI has reportedly and allegedly filed appeals before the Delhi High Court and managed to get favorable orders from the Delhi High Court. It also allegedly managed to get the Writ petitions disposed off by remaining absent during hearings in 1993-1994, concealing material information, misrepresenting facts and laws and misleading the Calcutta High Courts in 1994 and 2007, thus, obstructing and affecting administration of justice.

  • Parag March 31, 2017, 11:42 pm

    Sad to see our legal bodies fighting tooth and nail to protect corrupt Doctor’s!!

    My family is also a victim of medical negligence. Just like you, I’ve also started a petition “Medical Council of India, Lilavati Hospital: Cancel License, expel Corrupt Nephrologist Hemant Mehta, Prashant Rajput who killed my Mom”.

    Request you to go through the petition and please sign the petition. Here’s the link: