April 27, 2010

Panel to probe MCI irregularities

Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Sunday constituted a three-member team to probe irregularities committed by the Medical Council of India (MCI) and stayed the permission it granted to the Gyan Sagar Medical College in Punjab to take a fresh batch of students for 2010-11.

K. Desiraju, Additional Secretary of the Health and Family Welfare Department, will head the fact-finding committee, which has All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) dean Rani Kumar and a senior officer of the Directorate-General of Health Services (DGHS) as its other members. The committee has been directed to submit its report within a week.

The terms of reference of the committee include examining the validity of the recommendation made by the MCI on April 22, 2010, renewing permission to the medical college to take students for the next batch in 2010-11 without taking into account the objections raised by the inspection committee.

Mr. Azad also called for a report from the CBI for more facts to take further action accordingly. The Ministry initiated action in the light of the arrest of MCI president Ketan Desai and three others by the CBI on charges of accepting a bribe of Rs.2 crore from a middleman for granting the alleged favour to the college concerned.

The three others arrested on Thursday and Friday included the vice-chairman of the college Sukhvinder Singh, faculty member Kamaljeet Singh and middleman Jitendar Pal Singh.

The CBI has registered cases under various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act accusing Dr. Desai of entering into a criminal conspiracy with the college vice-chairman and the middleman for allowing the commencement of the admission process, ignoring the objections raised by the inspection committee.

Apart from expressing concern, Mr. Azad also pulled up Ministry officials for ignoring his earlier directives to all concerned, adding that it was evident from the present case that “despite my clear directions to the Ministry, MCI, DCI and managements of medical and dental colleges, unscrupulous elements continue to operate at various levels promising permission to medical or dental colleges.”

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