1. Ex-MCI chief Ketan Desai apppointed WMA President, triggers controversy

Ex-MCI chief Ketan Desai apppointed WMA President, triggers controversy

Former Medical Council of India (MCI) chief Ketan Desai, who faced allegations of corruption, was today appointed as the president of the World Medical Association (WMA), triggering a controversy.

By: | New Delhi | Published: October 21, 2016 10:31 PM
A WMA statement said that Desai, a former President of MCI and the Indian Medical Association (IMA), delivered his inaugural speech as President of the WMA at the Association's Annual Assembly in Taiwan. (Representative image: Reuters) A WMA statement said that Desai, a former President of MCI and the Indian Medical Association (IMA), delivered his inaugural speech as President of the WMA at the Association’s Annual Assembly in Taiwan. (Representative image: Reuters)

Former Medical Council of India (MCI) chief Ketan Desai, who faced allegations of corruption, was today appointed as the president of the World Medical Association (WMA), triggering a controversy.

A WMA statement said that Desai, a former President of MCI and the Indian Medical Association (IMA), delivered his inaugural speech as President of the WMA at the Association’s Annual Assembly in Taiwan.

However, Kunal Saha, President, People for Better Treatment (PBT), who is based out of US has sent a legal notice to the MCI and the Union Health Ministry, demanding immediate action to stop this “atrocity”.

Saha, who is a physician of Indian origin in US and had set up the voluntary organisation to expose medical malpractices and corruption in health care, also said that he will move the Supreme Court if Indian authorities fail to take any action within seven days.

“I have sent a legal notice to the MCI and Health Ministry demanding immediate action to stop this atrocity. We will move SC if Indian authorities fails to take any action within 7 days,” he told PTI.

Asked when Desai took over as president of the WMA, its press contact Nigel Duncan in an email reply said, “Today at the WMA’s annual Assembly in Taipei.”

Asked about Desai’s appointment in the backdrop of allegations of corruption against him, Duncan replied, “In response to your query a WMA comment would be that ‘to our knowledge all criminal charges have been dismissed against Dr. Desai'”.

According to reports, government dissolved MCI and removed Desai from the post of MCI president in April, 2010 after the CBI arrested him for alleged bribery and corruption. Last year, however, the Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court had acquitted Desai in the case.

A separate alleged corruption case is pending in a court in Delhi. The Supreme Court has stayed the proceedings in the case.

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