SC admits SLP against Ketan Desai
New Delhi, Feb 18 : A Supreme Court division bench has admitted NRI researcher and healthcare crusader Kunal Saha's special leave petition (SLP) against tainted former Medical Council of India chief Dr. Ketan Desai and Gujarat University (GU) for the botched up election of Desai to the GU Senate.
The Apex Court bench of Justices H.L. Dattu and Ranjan Gogoi disposed of Saha's application giving him liberty to approach the State of Gujarat to investigate their allegation against Dr. Desai that he managed to become a GU Senate member "unopposed" using sinister influence and despite his medical license being cancelled by the Medical Council of India (MCI).
The Supreme Court has categorically stated in the order passed Monday that State of Gujarat must follow Section 58 of "Gujarat University Act" which stipulates that allegation of election fraud must be investigated and appropriate action must be taken by the state government.
"As a medical member of GU Senate, Dr. Desai would automatically be selected to the MCI and as such, this PIL filed by our organization ("People for Better Treatment") is of immense significance to stop the disgraced ex-MCI head from becoming a member of MCI," said Saha.
"If the State of Gujarat fails to investigate and take appropriate action against Dr. Desai, we will move the court against to stop him from regaining control of MCI once again," said Ohio-based AIDS researcher and doctor Saha who is the President of People for Better Treatment (PBT), an ogranization for patient redressal he set up after his wife Anuradha's death in India from medical negligence in a private Kolkata hospital during a social visit in 1998 and his subsequent crusade to cleanse the healthcare system through a series of legal battles.
Desai ran into several controversies as the MCI president in his tenure and the MCI was dissolved by the President of India in May 2010 following his arrest by the CBI in April 2010.
Desai and three others was arrested for allegedly accepting a bribe to permit Patiala-based Gyan Sagar Medical College to recruit a fresh batch of students without having adequate infrastructure. Desai, alleged middle-man J. P. Singh and doctors Sukhwinder Singh and Kanwaljit Singh have been booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act.