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Doctors group protests Desai's election to Gujarat University senate

Saturday November 20, 2010 05:32:59 PM, IANS

New Delhi: A doctors group has written to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi protesting against tainted former Medical Council of India (MCI) chief Ketan Desai getting elected ‘uncontested' to the Gujarat University senate.

The letter by Kunal Saha, president of People for Better Treatment, Saturday called for Modi's attention on the matter.

"It is reported that Dr. Desai was elected ‘uncontested' to the seat in the Senate of the Gujarat University. It is shocking that a doctor who was arrested by the CBI for heinous crime including ‘bribery' and possession of ‘disproportionate assets' and is facing criminal trial may be elected to the Gujarat University Senate," Saha wrote in his letter.

"More importantly, the MCI cancelled the medical registration of Dr Desai on Oct 9, 2010 for ‘professional misconduct'… As of today, Dr. Desai's medical licence remains cancelled and he is not authorized to treat patients or act as a medical doctor. He can have absolutely no legal or moral right to become a member of the University senate filled under the ‘medical graduate' seat," the letter said.

Desai, who was arrested by CBI for taking a bribe of Rs.2 crore for granting recognition to a Punjab-based medical college, remains in the seat of the Gujarat Medical Council chief even though his medical licence has been suspended by the Board of Governors of MCI.

He was Friday elected 'uncontested' to the Gujarat University senate to a seat meant for a medical graduate.







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