Ahmedabad: The Gujarat High Court on Tuesday
asked the wife of former president of Medical Council of India
(MCI) Ketan Desai to approach the special CBI court here in
connection with her anticipatory bail plea.
Alka Desai had sought transit anticipatory bail as her
name appears in the case filed by CBI against Desai in a
disproportionate assets case.
When the matter came up for hearing before Justice Z K
Saiyed, CBI laywer Y R Ravani submitted that Alka had not
approached the lower court and had directly come with the
anticipatory bail plea to the High Court.
Hence, she first needs to file bail plea in CBI sessions
court, Ravani contended.
The court agreed to this argument, following which Alka
Desai`s anticipatory bail application was withdrawn by her
lawyer so that they could approach the lower court first.
CBI had registered a disproportionate assets case against
ex-MCI chief Ketan Desai, his wife and mother in May for
having assets worth over Rs 24 crore, more than the known
sources of their income.
Alka, in her application has claimed that the CBI had
arrested her husband in a second case as soon as he was
granted bail by Delhi court.
She has further claimed that her mother was not well and
was admitted in intensive care unit of a private hospital.
Alka had said that her son is in class 12, and in case she
is arrested, both her mother and son would be affected.
Hence, she should be protected from arrest by CBI till she
obtains a regular anticipatory bail.
The former MCI president was arrested on April 22 by CBI
along with three others for allegedly accepting a bribe of
Rs two crore to give permission to Gyan Sagar Medical College
in Patiala to recruit a fresh batch of students.
The four accused were booked by CBI under various
provisions of Prevention of Corruption of Act.
Huge amounts of cash, investments and gold, all worth
several crores of rupees were alleged to have been found
during subsequent searches at various premises of Desai.
Before becoming the president of the MCI, Desai worked as
a professor at B J Medical college here and was later elevated
to the post of head of the department of Urology.