Medical don Ketan Desai no more a doctor

Published: 10/12/2010

Dr Ketan Desai, the kingpin of the medical education mafia in India, has lost the right to practise as a medical doctor. The extreme step against the sacked president of the Medical Council of India (MCI) was taken by the Board of Governors of the council on Saturday, following the recommendations of its ethics committee.
Tainted doctor Ketan Desai (in middle).
Desai had been arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in April this year while accepting a bribe of Rs 2 crore from the management of a medical college in Punjab.
The council decided to suspend the license of Desai and debar him from practising as a doctor and from attending national or international conferences as a doctor with immediate effect, according to the two-page order sent to Desai at his Ahmedabad residence.
The action was taken under MCI's Professional Conduct Regulations of 2002. "In view of the serious and grave allegations against you having prima facie merit, permission granted to you to practise medicine has been suspended during the pendency of the complaint," the order said. The complaint against Desai, seeking cancellation of Desai's license, was filed by USbased patient rights activist Dr Kunal Saha.
Dr Saha had first filed the complaint with the Gujarat Medical Council (GMC), soon after Desai's arrest by the CBI. Since GMC did not take any action against Desai, Saha appealed to MCI. According to the GMC website, Desai continues to be its president.
Last week, he filed an application in the court of CBI special judge O. P. Saini, seeking permission to travel to Canada to attend the annual meeting of the World Medical Association (WMA) scheduled to begin on October 13 at Vancouver. He was granted permission and released on bail.
The Board of Governors at MCI has written to the CBI as well as to the health ministry to prevent Desai from leaving the country. The council has also written to the WMA authorities about the council's decision to cancel Desai's license. Ironically, Desai is set to take over as the president of the WMA.
"The right place for Desai is in CBI custody. He has no business travelling overseas as a free man. He is a disgrace to the medical community," commented Saha, who heads the Kolkata-based group People for Better Treatment. Saha served a legal notice to WMA for having invited a doctor arrested on criminal charges to attend its meeting.

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