A “Legal Notice” was sent today to the MCI president, Dr. Jayshreeben Mehta, by the lawyer of PBT president, Dr. Kunal Saha, demanding that the MCI president must inform the present status of medical registration (license to practice) by disgraced ex-MCI president, Dr. Ketan Desai (see the “Legal Notice” below). Dr. Desai’s license to practice medicine and to participate in any medical council or conference was suspended “indefinitely” by the MCI vide an Order dated 9th October, 2010 in response to a complaint/appeal filed by Dr. Saha following Dr. Desai’s arrest by the CBI allegedly for taking bribe from a private medical college.
Since the complainant/appeal against Dr. Desai is still pending in MCI as no hearing in this matter has taken place for the past more than three years, Dr. Desai should still be barred from practicing medicine and his right to participate as a doctor in any medical council or conference should also remain suspended until final decision of the complaint/appeal against him is made by the MCI, as clearly stated in the MCI Order of 9th October, 2010. However, PBT recently obtained a document from Dr. K.K. Aggarwal, General Secretary of Indian Medical Association (IMA) and a staunch supporter of Dr. Desai, in which it has been claimed that soon after the present MCI was established and Dr. Mehta (a long-term close associate of Dr. Desai from Gujarat) was chosen as MCI president through a botched election in December 2013 (against which a separate PIL filed by PBT is pending in SC), MCI decided to reinstate Dr. Desai’s medical registration. If this claim made by Dr. Aggarwal is true, it is obvious that the MCI has already dismissed the complaint/appeal against Dr. Desai without holding any hearing to judge the merit of the allegations lodged by Dr. Saha. Repeated letters to the MCI over the past two years to know the status of the complaint/appeal against Dr. Desai have also fallen in deaf ears.
Dr. Saha’s advocate has issued the “Legal Notice” today with specific questions giving 7 days’ time to the MCI president to come clean and to clarify whether the complaint/appeal against Dr. Desai was dismissed by the MCI, as claimed by IMA, to allow Dr. Desai to practice medicine and granting him right to participate in medical council/conference which was revoked by MCI vide their Order dated 9th October, 2010. The “Legal Notice” has also raised other related questions including whether MCI has taken any disciplinary action against three MCI Ethics Committee members (Dr. Ajay Kumar, Dr. Vinay Aggarwal and Dr. Sudipto Roy) as recommended by the Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO), Mr. H.K. Jethi, for their sinister and deliberate misrepresentation to promote Dr. Desai for the prestigious post of the president of World Medical Association (WMA). Dr. Saha has informed that he will bring MCI and the unscrupulous medical leaders to the court if the MCI president refuses to respond to the “Legal Notice”.