New Delhi: The CBI probe into the functioning
of MCI and alleged role of the medical education regulator`s
chief in awarding recognition to those not fulfilling the
requirements may also bring other Medical Council of India
officials under scanner.
The probe has been widened after the agency received
numerous complaints regarding the functioning of the country`s
education regulator, sources said.
They said the investigating agency is currently studying
the complaints received and if need be will also extend the
probe to more than one year, the time-frame fixed for current
They said all relevant documents would be examined before
starting a full-fledged investigation into the possible role
of various officials and colleges.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had on April 23
arrested MCI chief Ketan Desai and two others for allegedly
accepting a bribe of Rs two crore to grant recognition to a
Punjab-based private medical college.
Desai is currently in judicial custody.
Subsequent searches at various premises of Desai is
alleged to have revealed huge amounts of cash, investments and
gold, all worth several crores of rupees.
According to CBI Director Ashwani Kumar, the agency has
decided to focus on areas which are directly relevant to the
public and the society at large.
"We have identified areas of crime which affect the life
of the common people of this country. For example, spurious
drugs and sub-standard medicines, adulteration of food and
items of daily use, corruption in health and education sectors
among others," Kumar had said on Monday.
He said the CBI will also campaign to stop human
trafficking of women and children.
"This year, we are going to make a concerted effort
to focus all our attention to redefine our role in these
areas," Kumar said.