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MCI president remanded to five-day police custody

MCI president Ketan Desai being brought to the Patiala Court in New Delhi on Friday. Photo: S. Subramanium

MCI president Ketan Desai being brought to the Patiala Court in New Delhi on Friday. Photo: S. Subramanium   | Photo Credit: S_Subramanium

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Ketan Desai, president of the Medical Council of India, and three others arrested by the CBI in a Rs.2-crore bribery case, were remanded to five-day police custody by a Patiala House court here on Friday.

Mr. Desai, alleged middleman J.P. Singh, Patiala-based Gian Sagar Medical College and Hospital vice-chairman Sukhwinder Singh, and a college professor, Kanwaljeet Singh, were produced in the court of Additional Sessions Judge O.P. Saini in the afternoon.

The court sent the accused to police custody till April 28 and directed the CBI to get them medically examined. It also allowed their lawyers to meet them during their interrogation.

The agency is now trying to ascertain if more persons and private colleges were involved.

Kolkata Staff Reporter writes:

Dr. Desai was arrested by the CBI in New Delhi late on Thursday for allegedly granting permission to start admission in the medical college in violation of MCI rules “in lieu of heavy monetary considerations,” CBI officials said in Kolkata on Friday.

The Delhi-based middleman was arrested by the CBI on Thursday night. He had with him Rs. 2 crore allegedly sent to him by the vice-chairman of the medical college for delivery to Dr. Desai.

On the basis of his information a case was registered, Harsh Bahal, CBI spokesperson told journalists.

The medical college had sought permission to admit students but it was refused during the executive committee meeting of the MCI held on February 5 since the report by the Inspection Committee had pointed out lack of infrastructure.

The executive committee meeting was headed by Dr. Desai.

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