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Tainted ex-MCI chief on Gujarat University Board

Ketan Desai,the former Medical Council of India (MCI) president has been elected to the senate of the Gujarat University board unopposed.The tainted ex- president was arrested by the CBI for seeking a bribe from a private medical college and barred from practising medicine.The polls are due on November 28, 2010.

Desai got elected after H.P. Bhalodia, known to be his right-hand man, withdrew his nomination. He had filed his nomination as a registered medical graduate, the sole option left for him as he was suspended as professor in B.J. Medical College on bribery charges.

The election is being seen as an attempt by Desai to get back into the MCI through the back door as a university representative. In the past, he has been nominated to the MCI by the state government as a university representative.

Meanwhile, Gujarat University vice-chancellor Parimal Trivedi and Ahmedabad Medical Association secretary Mehul Shah has defended Desai. They touted Desai’s election as a “democratic right”. Although the MCI had barred him from practising as a doctor or representing them on any council or association, he still has a basic democratic right to contest the election as a medical graduate not as a medical faculty.

The state government simply refused to comment on the development. Education minister Raman Vora said, “Each university is governed by its act; the state government has no role to play.”

A senate member pointed out that despite his arrest, Desai’s grip over the Indian Medical Association remained intact, with his panel winning 92 per cent votes in this month’s election. VC Trivedi said Desai was his friend but “I have no role in getting him elected, I could not prevent him either.”

The GU senate polls for 86 seats will be held on November 28, 2010 and the new senate will be formed on December 8, 2010.

[Source: The Telegraph]

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