AAP Criticises Ketan Desai's Return to MCI
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Friday alleged that the Congress, the BJP and the Samajwadi Party were helping former Medical Council of India (MCI) president Ketan Desai, who was arrested by the CBI for allegedly taking bribe to re-enter the Medical Council.
Releasing documents and letters to support their claims, the AAP said former Union Health Secretary Keshav Desiraju was arbitrarily transferred by Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad as he was opposed to Ketan Desai returning to the MCI.
Quoting from Desiraju’s internal note, the AAP said: “It is widely believed that all decisions within the MCI are being taken by a group led by Ketan Desai. There is every likelihood that we will be forced to approve and notify decisions regarding courses, new admissions ... which have been made on grounds other than merit alone.”
The CBI had filed a chargesheet against Desai for allegedly taking a bribe of `2 crore from the management of a private medical college. He was also arrested later.
AAP leader Prashant Bhushan alleged that the Gujarat Government nominated Desai as MCI member last year, despite two cases pending against him.