CBI seeks status report on probe into EX-MCI chief`s case

Delhi HC ha ordered CBI to apprise it within three weeks of its efforts to arrest two absconding middlemen, who bribed former Medical Council of India chief Ketan Desai for securing the council`s recognition to medical colleges.

Last Updated: Nov 17, 2010, 22:32 PM IST

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has
ordered CBI to apprise it within three weeks of its efforts to
arrest two absconding middlemen, who bribed former Medical
Council of India chief Ketan Desai for securing the council`s
recognition to medical colleges.

Justice Shiv Narayan Dhingra has asked the CBI file a
status report on its ongoing probe into the case. He sought it
on a petition filed by Patiala native Kunwar Japinder Singh,
who accused the investigative agency of doing little to arrest
middlemen N S Bhangoo and K A Paul.

Fearing that the two would flee the country, Singh
said the duo had played a significant role in bribing MCI
chief Desai on behalf of Gian Sagar Education and Charitable
Trust, Patiala.

Singh also sought the court`s direction to the CBI to
provide the duo`s passport details to ascertain if the duo has
not already fled.

"The CBI is not taking any steps provided under law
for their arrest and thus not performing its duties and legal
obligation as per law," the petitioner alleged, adding that
the "CBI has been unable to file the chargesheet in the case
after concluding the probe within the stipulated 60 days".

The CBI had arrested MCI chief Desai in April along
with three others for allegedly demanding and accepting Rs two
crore from the medical college to get MCI nod for admission
to the 2010 MBBS batch.

CBI had also arrested the trust Vice Chairman J P
Singh for allegedly paying the bribe. Both Singh and Desai
have already been granted bail after the CBI failed to file
the chargesheet in time.

The high court has now fixed December 13 to hear the
matter further.

-PTI