Court warrant against Ketan Desai for corruption

The former Medical Council of India chief had amassed over Rs 24 crores during his tenure

PTI | September 2, 2010



A CBI court here has issued a fresh production warrant against former Medical Council of India (MCI) president Ketan Desai after jail authorities in Kolkata failed to produce him in connection with a case lodged for allegedly amassing assets over Rs 24 crore.

"Issue fresh production warrant for accused Ketan Desai to the Superintendent, Alipore Jail in Kolkata for September 9. The jail superintendent is directed to comply with the order," Special CBI Judge O P Saini said.

The court's order came on the application of CBI seeking fresh production warrant against Desai who was earlier taken to Kolkata by the investigators in connection with the ongoing probe.

The court asked the prison authorities to ensure his presence on September 9, which is the next date of hearing.

Earlier, the court had dismissed Desai's bail plea in the disproportionate assets (DA) case saying he cannot be released on bail as the offence was grave. Moreover, the probe was at a nascent stage.

Desai, granted bail in a corruption case for allegedly taking bribe to accord sanction to Patiala-based Gyan Sagar Medical College, was arrested afresh in the assets case.

He was granted bail in the corruption case as CBI failed to file a probe report within the prescribed 60 days.

Subsequently, CBI registered the DA case against Desai, his wife and mother for having assets worth over Rs 24 crore.

The former MCI president was arrested on April 22 by CBI along with three others for accepting a bribe of Rs two crore to give permission to the private medical college to recruit a fresh batch of students.

The Delhi High Court had earlier granted bail to Sukhwinder Singh, owner of Gyan Sagar Medical College, as also to Kanwaljit Singh, one of the professors of the college, and J P Singh, an alleged tout involved in the scam.

All the four including Desai have been booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act dealing with inducing a public servant to accept bribe, criminal misconduct and payment of money.

 

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