Ketan Desai

  • Health Minister forced to defend sacking of health secretary Desiraju February 28, 2014

    New Delhi: Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad is on the backfoot, forced to defend the sacking of health secretary Keshav Desiraju. CNN-IBN has accessed a letter written by Azad to the Cabinet Secretary complaining against Desiraju. In the letter, Azad says Desiraju's approach has been a serious embarrassment for him...
  • Desiraju transferred: Health ex-secretaries, bureaucrats allege foul play February 26, 2014

    New Delhi: Nearly two weeks after the Union Health Secretary Keshav Desiraju was transferred to the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, former health secretaries and bureaucrats have written a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh alleging foul play. The letter said, "Since we are at a loss to understand the reasons...
  • Two bureaucrats embarrass government; Chidambaram, Azad in question February 13, 2014

    New Delhi: As the UPA-II is nearing its end, it seems that trouble is brewing for the Congress government. Two senior bureaucrats have now come out against the government. A top bureaucrat had complained against Finance Minister P Chidambaram even as eyebrows were raised on the transfer of the Health...
  • MCI board appointment: Health Minister orders probe May 17, 2012

    New Delhi: Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad has ordered a probe after CNN-IBN reported that officials close to former Medical Council of India chairman Ketan Desai were being allowed a back door entry into the Council. "A committee has been formed under the chairmanship of the Director General of ICMR. The...
  • MCI scandal: tainted ex-chief's aides reinstated May 16, 2012

    New Delhi: It seems that another scandal is set to rock the Health Ministry. A CNN-IBN investigation has revealed that former Medical council of India (MCI) members, close to arrested former chief Ketan Desai, are being brought back into the Medical Council. The Board of Governors that was appointed to...
  • CBI decodes scam, nails ex-MCI chief Ketan Desai September 14, 2011

    New Delhi: One and a half years after the don of the Medical Council of India, Ketan Desai was arrested for taking a bribe of Rs 2 crore, the Central Bureau of Investigation is finally ready with a chargesheet. CNN-IBN has accessed the confidential papers that document how the deal...
  • MCI Secretary's appointment under clout September 9, 2011

    New Delhi: It's been a year since the Medical Council of India (MCI) was dissolved and its president Ketan Desai arrested. But it seems the rot in the MCI has yet to be cleaned out. A case in point is Dr Sangeeta Sharma, the senior most officer in the MCI....
  • Medical entrance in India faces a test January 21, 2011

    After years of being plagued by corruption, the process of medical admission in India is now getting a face lift. This is being done by the Medical Council of India (MCI) which is now being headed by a six-member panel. The new panel was formed after Ketan Desai, who was...
  • Tainted ex-MCI chief Ketan Desai makes a return November 25, 2010

    Ahmedabad:Tainted former Chief of the Scam-hit Medical Council of India Ketan Desai been elected to the Executive Council of the Gujarat University. Ketan Desai - accused in a multi crore rupee medical scam - was elected as a member of Gujarat university's executive council due to his powerful...
  • Doctors panel to regulate medical education May 15, 2010

    New Delhi: Under severe criticism for a massive scam in the Medical Council of India, the Union Cabinet has cleared an ordinance to scrap the MCI itself. For the moment, a seven-member panel of eminent doctors will monitor the system. The ordinance is now awaiting the President's nod. This could be...
  • Talking point: Time to dissolve MCI? May 13, 2010

    Is a clean-up of the MCI really possible or is it time to disband the Medical Council of India? ...
  • Operation clean-up: govt decides to dissolve MCI May 14, 2010

    New Delhi: The Union government has decided in principle to dissolve the scam-hit Medical Council of India. In its place there will be a seven-member doctors panel which will carry out the functions of the MCI till the Indian Medical Council Act is amended. The Health Ministry will identify the doctors...
  • MCI registered arts students as doctors May 5, 2010

    New Delhi: The arrest of Ketan Desai, the man being touted as the don of the Medical Council of India, has thrown open a Pandora's box. CNN-IBN has access to documents that show rules were changed and tweaked to allow students who studied humanities and even home science to practice medicine...
  • PM urged to act in as Desai remand extended May 1, 2010

    New Delhi: The judicial custody of MCI chief Ketan Desai has been extended till May 14. He was arrested for allegedly accepting a bribe to grant recognition to a medical college in Punjab. The CBI laid a trap after receiving a complaint that Desai has allegedly demanded Rs 2 crore. After...
  • Desai cartel made medical education a joke May 1, 2010

    New Delhi: It is not just the arrested Medical Council of India President Ketan Desai but an entire cartel of doctors and administrators who were involved in the scam of granting recognition to medical colleges, many of which do not have the required infrastructure. The arrest of Desai has brought in...
  • Medical college flouts norms but gets recognition April 29, 2010

    Ghaziabad: More skeletons are coming out in the big medical scam masterminded by the arrested Medical Council of India President Ketan Desai. CNN-IBN has uncovered how recognition of medical colleges was a big money making exercise for Desai and his cartel. In 1998 Desai flouted Section 17 of the Indian Medical Council...
  • CBI gets 3 more days to grill MCI chief April 28, 2010

    New Delhi: A Delhi court on Wednesday allowed CBI to interrogate Medical Council of India president Ketan Desai and three others for three more days in custody in connection with alleged transaction of Rs 2 crore meant for according recognition to a Punjab-based private medical college. Additional Sessions Judge OP Saini...