Bail plea of ex-MCI president rejected in corruption case

A Delhi court today rejected an anticipatory bail plea of former Medical Council of India (MCI) president Ketan Desai in a fresh corruption case lodged against him in Chennai.

New Delhi: A Delhi court today rejected
an anticipatory bail plea of former Medical Council of India
(MCI) president Ketan Desai in a fresh corruption case lodged
against him in Chennai.

"The bail application is dismissed as it devoid of
merits," special CBI judge O P Saini said, allowing the plea
of the agency that the probe in the case was at an initial
stage and release of the accused would affect the
investigation.

The court had earlier rejected the CBI`s contention
that it was not empowered to hear the anticipatory bail
application as the corruption case was lodged in Chennai.

Being a special court to deal with cases lodged under
the Prevention of Corruption Act, it was very much competent
to hear the plea, the judge had said.

Desai is also facing charges of irregularities in
giving sanction to a Punjab-based private medical college,
while another case against him pertains to alleged possession
of assets disproportionate to his known sources of income.

He has also been booked for alleged income tax
evasion.

Earlier, the court had dismissed Desai`s bail plea in
the disproportionate assets case. However, he was granted bail
in the case in which he is accused of taking Rs two crore in
bribe to accord sanction to the medical college as CBI failed
to file a probe report within the prescribed limit of 60 days.

Desai, Sukhwinder Singh, owner of Gyan Sagar Medical
College, Kanwaljit Singh, one of the professors, and J P
Singh, an alleged tout, were arrested on May 22 and have been
booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

PTI

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