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Medical body chief held for seeking bribe

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday arrested Medical Council of India (MCI) president Ketan Desai in Delhi on charges of corruption.

india Updated: Apr 23, 2010 00:30 IST
Manish Tiwari

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday arrested Medical Council of India (MCI) president Ketan Desai in Delhi on charges of corruption.

Desai and an associate, J.P. Singh, were picked up for allegedly demanding Rs 2 crore for granting recognition to a private medical college in Punjab. It is the MCI’s responsibility to maintain standards in medical education and in the profession.

The CBI laid a trap after receiving a complaint and caught Singh red-handed with Rs 2 crore, to be delivered to Desai. It also conducted raids in Punjab, Delhi and Gujarat to trace Desai’s other associates and the assets he has acquired.

Desai is accused of granting recognition to several colleges that didn’t meet required criteria. In 2001, he had stepped down as MCI president after the Delhi High Court indicted him on corruption charges.