Head of the Medical Council of India removed for corruption
- By: Rohit Sharma
The High Court in Delhi has ordered that Dr Ketan Desai, the president of the Medical Council of India, be removed from his post after it found him guilty of corrupt practices and abuse of power.
Besides heading the council, which regulates the medical profession in India, Dr Desai also heads the Indian Medical Association, which represents India's doctors.
Because the council also regulates medical education, including the establishment of new medical colleges and the number of students that colleges can admit, it has enormous power.
A large number of medical colleges in India have allegedly become corrupt--accused of illegally charging money running into millions of rupees over and above the normal medical school fees to give admission. This practice of charging “capitation fees” was admitted and banned by the Supreme Court a few years ago but is thought to still thrive illegally.
Running medical colleges--many of which are known