May 14, 2010

Ketan Desai quits as MCI chief

Ketan Desai, the Medical Council of India (MCI) President accused in a corruption case, on Wednesday tendered his resignation from the post.

Sources confirmed that he had forwarded his resignation to the Union Health Ministry. Desai was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) last month for allegedly accepting a bribe for giving permission for admission to a private medical college in Patiala.

According to the Indian Medical Council Act, the vice president is entitled to preside over meetings in the absence of the president. "In this case too the vice president Keshavkutti Nair will preside over the meetings. However, it is uncertain that he would be made president," added the source. Sources said that while re-election for the post was on the cards, a final view would be taken after a detailed discussion is amongst the senior officials on Thursday.

Earlier this week the Gujarat government had also terminated the services of Dr Desai, a professor in the urology department in the State government-run B J Medical College and its head since 2005.

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