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Bail plea of MCI prez rejected in Rs 2 cr graft

A Delhi court on Monday dismissed the bail plea of Medical Council of India president Ketan Desai and an alleged middleman in a case of alleged transaction of Rs two crore.



New Delhi: A Delhi court on Monday dismissed
the bail plea of Medical Council of India president Ketan
Desai and an alleged middleman in a case of alleged
transaction of Rs two crore meant for according recognition to
a Punjab-based private medical college.

"Considering the nature of offence and the fact that
the probe is still at initial stage, both bail applications
are dismissed," Additional Sessions Judge O P Saini said while
denying bail to Desai and J P Singh, an alleged tout in the
case.

The court allowed the plea by the CBI prosecutor that
the accused are influential and capable of influencing
witnesses who came forward to inform the probe agency about
them.

"The accused did not cooperate in the probe and the
evidence has been collected by CBI by putting its own effort,"
the prosecutor said and quoted statements of two witnesses to
buttress his arguments.

"I cannot disclose names of witnesses as they are
facing threat from different quarters. Some evidence suggest
that hawala transactions have also been conducted," he said.

No witness would come forward if the accused are
granted bail at this stage, he said.

Senior advocate Sidharth Luthra, appearing for Desai,
said there was no point in keeping the accused in jail as the
investigation was over.

"The alleged bribe of Rs two crore was not recovered
from Desai. Moreover, he was not the sole authority to grant
recognition to the medical college in question," he said.

PTI

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