New Delhi: A Delhi court today allowed CBI
to interrogate Medical Council of India president Ketan Desai
and three others for three more days in connection with
alleged transaction of Rs two crore meant for according
recognition to a Punjab-based private medical college.
"Considering the facts and circumstances of the case, I
deem it proper that the accused are required to be remanded to
further police custody in the interest of investigation,"
Additional Sessions Judge O P Saini said while sending the
accused to CBI custody till May 1.
The court allowed the plea of CBI that further custodial
interrogation of the accused was required in view of their
alleged non-cooperation in the ongoing probe into the case.
Terming the offence as "serious", the court said "rupees
two crores were recovered from the office of alleged middleman
J P Singh, which was allegedly brought by another accused
Kanwaljit Singh and it was meant for Ketan Desai (MCI
President) for granting permission for running MBBS course for
Desai, alleged middleman J P Singh, Sukhwinder Singh and
Kanwaljit, both doctors of Patiala-based Gyan Sagar Medical
College, are booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act
dealing with inducing a public servant to accept bribe,
criminal misconduct and payment of money.
The court, meanwhile, rejected the plea of one of the
accused that he be provided with the transcript of the taped
conversations relied upon by CBI.
"The accused is not entitled to the same at this stage of
investigation. I find myself in agreement with the CBI
prosecutor. The application is dismissed," the court said.
Earlier, the prosecutor said "one Paul (a mediator
between the MCI president and the private college authorities)
is yet to be arrested. Four accused, who have been assisted by
a battery of lawyers, are not forthcoming. Their through
interrogation is required to collect evidence in this case."
Searches to collect proof were still on and the custody
of Desai was required to search some locked premises, he said,
adding the accused are required to be confronted with the
evidence collected so far.
Opposing the CBI plea, senior advocate Siddharth Luthra,
counsel for Desai, said "custodial interrogation of his client
was not required. If the CBI fails to arrest Paul, Desai
cannot be kept in custody forever."
Based on contents of intercepted telephonic calls made
among the accused, CBI had laid a trap outside the South
Delhi residence of J P Singh, which led to the arrest of Singh
and Kanwaljit On April 22, CBI said.
Desai was arrested after searches at his office here
following information that he was demanding a bribe to
recognise the college. Sukhwinder was arrested later, it said.