New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday carried out searches at the residential as well as office premises of additional secretary, deputy secretary and a former assistant secretary of the Medical Council of India (MCI) here and the principal of a private medical college at Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala in connection with alleged corruption in the granting of recognition to the medical college.
Quoting CBI sources, PTI reports that searches were conducted at the residential and official premises of MCI additional secretary Dr P Prasannaraj, deputy secretary Dr Anshu Sethi Bajaj, ex-consultant Dr Madhu Handa and Dr Samson Nessiah, principal of Dr Somervell Memorial CSI Medical College and Hospital, Karakonam, Thiruvananthapuram.
According to a statement by the CBI, the agency has registered a case against additional secretary, deputy secretary, then assistant secretary, all of the MCI, New Delhi; principal of a private medical college at Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) and unknown officials of the MCI on the allegations that old/pending application of the medical college, seeking PG seats was dealt and processed unauthorisedly in MCI and ‘letter of permission’ issued after last date i.e. 31.03.2012.
It is further alleged that the deficiencies pointed out by the assessors in their inspection report in 2011 still prevailed in the private medical college and machines which were to be installed before sending the compliance to MCI were actually installed after that date, the statement said.
It further said, the bank guarantee which was mentioned to have been submitted by the said college to the MCI along with the compliance letter was not actually submitted on time. The said college was not granted ‘letter of permission’ (LoP) for preceding year because of the said reasons.
The undue favours were allegedly shown to the said medical college on the part of the officials of the Medical Council of India by ignoring the relevant regulations and necessary permissions were granted which resulted in significant pecuniary benefits to the private medical college.
The principal of the said medical college in conspiracy with MCI officials allegedly submitted false information for the purpose of getting the required permission and hence cheated the Medical Council of India, the statement said.
“Searches have been conducted today at the residential as well as office premises of the accused persons which have led to recovery of incriminating documents,” it added.