CBI to quiz ex-MCI chief Desai in assets case

A Delhi court Monday allowed CBI to interrogate in custody for eight days former Medical Council of India (MCI) president Ketan Desai for allegedly possessing disproportionate assets.

Last Updated: Jun 28, 2010, 20:34 PM IST

New Delhi: A Delhi court Monday allowed CBI
to interrogate in custody for eight days former Medical
Council of India (MCI) president Ketan Desai for allegedly
possessing disproportionate assets.

Desai, who was granted bail in the corruption case
lodged against him for allegedly taking bribe to accord
sanction to a private medical college in Punjab, would be in
the custody of the probe agency till July 6.

Additional Sessions Judge O P Saini allowed the plea of
the agency that custodial interrogation of the former MCI
president was required to ascertain the source and magnitude
of his huge wealth.

"We need to take him to his native place at Ahmedabad in
Gujarat and it would be a time-consuming exercise," the CBI
prosecutor said.

The court had on June 22 granted bail to Desai in the
corruption case.

But Desai`s woes did not come to an end as the agency
arrested him afresh for allegedly amassing assets beyond his
known sources of income.

He was granted bail as CBI failed to file a probe report
against him within the prescribed limit of 60 days.

CBI had registered the DA case against Desai and his
wife and mother in May for having assets worth over Rs 24
crore.

The former MCI president was arrested on April 22 by CBI
along with three others for allegedly accepting a bribe of
Rs 2 crore to give permission to Gyan Sagar Medical College,
Patiala, to recruit a fresh batch of students.

The Delhi High Court had earlier granted bail to
Sukhwinder Singh, owner of Gyan Sagar Medical College, as also
to Kanwaljit Singh, one of the professors of the college and J
P Singh, an alleged tout involved in the scam.

All the four have been booked under the Prevention of
Corruption Act dealing with inducing a public servant to
accept bribe, criminal misconduct and payment of money.

PTI