ED to tighten noose around former MCI president

Last Updated: Sunday, May 23, 2010 - 09:56

New Delhi: In a fresh trouble for former president of Medical Council of India, Ketan Desai, Enforcement Directorate (ED) has been allowed by a Delhi court to quiz him and two others to ascertain the magnitude of the scam and the trail of their ill-gotten wealth.

"ED is permitted to interrogate Desai, Sukhwinder Singh and JP Singh in the premises of Tihar Jail by the officers of the department," Special CBI judge OP Saini said in his
recent order.

The court allowed the plea of Naveen K Matta, special prosecutor of the ED, that the interrogation of the MCI president and Sukhwinder, a doctor of Patiala-based private
medical college and JP Singh, alleged tout, was necessary to unravel the trail of their ill-gotten wealth.

They have been booked by the ED in a fresh case lodged under recently promulgated Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), after it came to light that they laundered money, Matta said.

The court has allowed Sharad Chaudhary and Rajeshwar Singh, both assistant directors of the ED, to question the accused inside prison and sent a copy of its order to the jail
superintendent to facilitate the quizzing as per the norms.

Desai was arrested on April 22 by CBI along with three others -- JP Singh, Kulwant and Sukhwinder -- for allegedly accepting Rs two crore bribe to give permission to Gyan Sagar Medical College at Patiala to induct a fresh batch of students without having the requisite infrastructure.

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.

Desai, who is in judicial custody since his arrest in a
case lodged by the CBI, has come under the scanner of the
Income Tax department and the ED for his alleged wrong doings.

Besides an FIR under the Prevention of Corruption Act,
Desai, who was forced to resign from the now disbanded MCI,
has been slapped with various cases relating to alleged Income
Tax evasion, amassing wealth beyond known sources of income
and money laundering.

The court has recently dismissed his bail plea saying the
offence was grave and the probe into the matter was at initial
stage.

CBI had booked them for dealing with inducing a public
servant to accept bribe, criminal misconduct and payment of
money.

Based on the findings and recoveries made by the CBI, the
ED has swung into the action by lodging the case against them
under the PMLA.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, May 23, 2010 - 09:56

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