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Assets case against Ketan Desai, family

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The former Medical Council of India president, Ketan Desai, and his family members were on Thursday booked for allegedly possessing disproportionate assets worth Rs.24 crore. Mr. Desai was recently arrested by the CBI on corruption charges.

CBI Director Ashwani Kumar said it was a case of large-scale systemic corruption in the MCI in the past one year or so. After registering a case against Mr. Desai and others on April 22, the agency, through a notice on its website, invited specific complaints of money demanded by MCI officials for giving approval/permission to colleges without requisite infrastructure or other things.

“We have so far received 154 complaints and we are verifying all of them,” said Mr. Kumar. Complaints would be received till May 31.

The CBI also seized documents from the MCI, particularly those of the past one year and they were being studied along with the complaints.

The previous case against Mr. Desai pertains to allegations that he conspired with a tout to obtain a bribe of Rs.2 crore to grant permission for admission of a fresh batch of students in a Patiala-based medical college. Four persons, including Mr. Desai, were arrested in that case. “We have gathered strong evidence in the case. The inspector, who visited the medical college has given a statement, which will be helpful in the prosecution.” The inspector was now a witness in the case.

Investigations showed that the former MCI president and other accomplices allegedly received bribes from medical colleges.

As part of the conspiracy, the first inspection team visiting a college would point out a large number of deficiencies and a copy of the same would be given to the college for rectification. Before the second inspection for verification of the compliance report, negotiations with the college authorities would be initiated and the second inspection report would be drafted accordingly.

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