Former India medical council president is cleared of six of seven corruption charges

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 24 September 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5117
  1. Priyanka Pulla
  1. 1Bangalore

Ketan Desai, the former president of the Medical Council of India who was charged by India’s Central Bureau of Investigation with several cases of corruption in 2010, has been exonerated in all but one of the cases.

On 21 September a Lucknow special court dropped charges that Desai, in collusion with other members of the council, had granted permission for Shri Ram Murti Smarak Institute of Medical Sciences in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, to admit students, even though the institute lacked the infrastructure and teaching staff required under the council’s rules.

In its ruling, the special Central Bureau of Investigation court in Lucknow said that there was no evidence that Desai had abused his office to favour the medical college or had received any benefits in return. The bureau had relied on several pieces of evidence to build its case against Desai. The first was a …

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