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Dr Desai seeks bail to see ailing mother

Former Medical Council of India President Dr Ketan Desai, arrested for allegedly taking a bribe, Monday approached the Delhi High Court for release on bail to see his ailing mother in Mumbai who is suffering from respiratory distress and is on bipep. Filing his application before Justice S.L.Bhayana, Dr Desai said his mother is in a critical condition. Appearing for Desai, Dr Desai’s lawyers pleaded that Desai should be granted bail given the medical condition of his mother. At this, the court asked the CBI to verify the facts about Desai’s mother and file a reply by May 28. Dr Desai had earlier also moved a bail application before the court after he was arrested on corruption charges April 22. The court had asked the CBI to file its response by June 3.

Dr Desai had allegedly demanded and accepted a bribe of Rs.2 crore for granting recognition to a private medical college in Punjab which did not meet the norms of the Medical Council of India.

Dr Desai’s defence in his petition
1. The bribe amount was neither recovered from his house nor from the premises belonging to him.
2. Recognition granted to any private college is done by a three-member team and he alone is not liable for this.
3. He is suffering from hypertension and severe sleep apnea disorders and has severe breathing trouble and is on auto CPAP every night.

Dr Desai was also suspended by the Gujarat government as professor of urology at the B.J. Medical College in Ahmedabad earlier this week. A city Patiala court also earlier rejected Desai’s bail plea, saying that the investigation is still in the initial stages.

The new panel to meet today

The new six members panel will meet today in the mCI office. Once taken charge initially they will divide the work among themselves and it is likely that one of them will be available every day by turn so that the office is on all working days.

What’s in the mind of Prof Ranjit Rai Chaudhary, one of the panel members.

We are reproducing his thaughts he wrote to all the padma awardee doctors in the city about the health scenario on Monday 10th May before he ws inducted as a panel member MCI.

” Dear Dr Aggarwal: Thank you for sending me the set of pictures and the names of the participants of the first meeting of Padma Awardees. I believe it was a very good initiative and the whole evening was held in a very pleasant ambience. I believe that such meetings should continue. Unfortunately I go out of the country every summer and will miss the June meeting and will return on 11th July.
I THINK we could make an impact on the health scenario of the country if we start doing things which need to be done and is not being done for various reasons. The last thing we should announce is that we are going to advise the government on national policies. We can put our thoughts and recommendations in a series of papers which could be published. We will find that the Govt. will themselves come to us for advice the moment they are convinced that they will get mature objective advice. The great thing in this country is that technical advice is accepted without any political affiliation. In my own short stay in Delhi my advice was equally sought whether it was Dr Harsh Vardhan or Sushma Swaraj Ji or Dr Ramadas. That is the first point I want to make
There are several areas where mature seasoned advice would be welcome. Let me list a few areas crying out for leadership
1  The three and a half year course in HealthÂ
2 Development of 18 month courses in Cardiology Nephrology Endocrinology and GI Diseases for MBBS
3  A Bsc course in Public Health         Â
4 The Public Private Partnership Health programme in U. P JUST ANNOUNCED WHICH HAS CREATED SUCH  A CONTROVERSY
5 Conflict of Interest–How can we deal with it
6 Traditional Systems of Medicine.  Could we help to define a complementary role
7 Entry of foreign Universities for Medical Education. Everyone would like to know what a group like this is thinking.

This IS JUST A SHORT LIST, I COULD DOUBLE  IT AND YET IT WOULD NOT BE COMPREHENSIVE. FOR EXAMPLE THIS IS THE 100TH YEAR OF THE fLEXNER REPORT  OUR GROUP SHOULD TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK HARD AND BRING OUT TWO REPORTS ONE IN UNDERGRADUATE MEDICINE AND ONE ON POSTGRADUATE MEDICINE. A small group of three or four could get together and write it then bring it to the group who could modify it and then it goes out s a group initiative. Another activity could be for the group to select three or four areas and actually raise money and actually sponsor this work by providing the support and monitoring the study. This is something the Rhodes Scholars of India are doing.
Even if we do nothing more than meet once a month and organize one international meeting or national meeting every year it would be a worthwhile activity. I would suggest that it is on tne model of the Allahabad Annual Conferences of the Triple IITs where they get about 15 Nobel Laureates together with others and the students for three days
I believe there is a lot we can do without much fanfare. If we do that we would get our authority by the work we are doing and the quality of Recommendations and the Credibility of our members Pronouncements by NICE for example are never questioned .The doctors and the govt. and the pharmaceuticals all accept these because of the quality of the people making these pronouncements and the hard work that goes on to gather and assess evidence before making these pronouncements. All the very best and thanks for starting this off.”  Yours sincerely. Padma Shri Awardee Prof. Ranjit Roy Chaudhury. M.B.B.S., D. Phil (Oxon), FRCP (Edin).