CBI grills MCI chief, angry Azad sets up probe panel
The CBI has tightened the noose around Medical Council of India chairman Ketan Desai, uncovering records of several investments made by him, especially in the real estate sector in Gujarat.delhi Updated: Apr 26, 2010 00:09 IST
The CBI has tightened the noose around Medical Council of India (MCI) chairman Ketan Desai, uncovering records of several investments made by him, especially in the real estate sector in Gujarat.
The CBI has also seized a computer with incriminating details of Desai’s investments, besides Rs 6 lakh in cash, sources said.
Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Sunday set up a three-member fact-finding team to look into allegations involving a Punjab medical college, pending which Gyan Sagar Medical College at Patiala will not be allowed to take a new batch of students.
The committee, headed by additional secretary K. Desiraju has been asked to submit its report within a week.
Desai had been arrested on Thursday, along with an alleged conduit J.P. Singh, on charges of accepting bribes from medical colleges for granting recognition.
The CBI’s interrogation of Desai has yielded several leads, following which the agency has seized five property documents related to his Ahmedabad investments. Raids were carried out in Gujarat and Delhi, the sources added.
The seized computer has been sent for forensic examination and the agency is trying to retrieve all the data relating to his banking and non-banking investments, sources said.
Although Desai and Singh have so far not admitted accepting a bribe, sources said two arrested officials of the medical college had confessed they had delivered Rs 2 crore as bribe to the MCI chief.
A CBI source said the officials, Dr Kanwaljit Singh and Dr Sukhwinder Singh, said they were made to pay a bribe each time the college’s recognition came up for renewal.
The CBI is planning to question Desai’s chartered accountants and conduct raids at other places thought to be linked to Desai’s investments.
The agency suspects scores of colleges had been granted recognition by the MCI though they did not fulfil the criteria.