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CBI arrests owner of Index Medical College

Last Updated: Saturday, April 16, 2011 - 20:06

New Delhi: The CBI has arrested owner of
Index Medical College and Research Centre for allegedly
forging signatures on the attendance sheet of the institution
during an inspection by the Medical Council of India.

The agency arrested Suresh Kumar Bardoi, owner of the
Indore-based medical college yesterday. He was presented
before the special CBI court and sent to police remand till
April 20, official sources said.

It is alleged that Bardoi forged signatures of 40
doctors on the attendance sheet during the inspection.

During the probe into alleged fake medical colleges, CBI
had registered the case under various sections of the
Prevention of Corruption Act and IPC against Dr D K Gupta
and Dr J S Dhupia of Safdarjung Medical College here and Index
Medical College, Indore.

In February, the agency carried out searches at the
residential premises of D S Moorthy, former Officer on Special
Duty to the then Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss, in
connection with the case.

It is alleged that in the year 2008, Medical Council of
India refused permission to the college for admissions for its
second batch. The college had then approached the Supreme
Court which asked both MCI and Ministry of Health and Family
Welfare to conduct the inspection of the college afresh and
inform the court on September 26, 2008.

"Accordingly, the inspection report given by the MCI
inspectors again showed deficiencies in the infrastructure of
the college, especially manpower. However, the Ministry
constituted a team of two doctors from Safdarjung Hospital,
which conducted inspection on September 25.

"On September 26, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
granted permission to the said college on the basis of the
inspection conducted on September 25. But in another
inspection conducted by the MCI Inspectors after about 10
days, the college was still found to be having deficiencies in
its manpower resources," CBI spokesperson had said.

He had said that on the day of inspections, false
records were created regarding the availability and employment
of doctors as college faculties, which became the basis for
the grant of permission by the Ministry.

Corruption-ridden Medical Council of India (MCI), set
up 76 years ago to regulate medical education in the country,
was dissolved in May in the wake of scam involving its then
chairman Ketan Desai and was replaced by a six-member panel of
eminent doctors.

Desai was arrested on April 22 by CBI for allegedly
accepting a bribe of Rs 2 crore to give permission to a Punjab
medical college to recruit a fresh batch of students without
having requisite infrastructure.


First Published: Saturday, April 16, 2011 - 20:06

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