The CBI has arrested eight doctors possessing medical degrees from Russia and China for allegedly acquiring registration certificates from the Medical Council of India through fraudulent means and not by clearing mandatory screening test.
The probe agency after a nationwide raid has also arrested five other doctors and a few MCI officials for facilitating the crime.
During the raid, one of the doctors employed at Asansol in West Bengal allegedly tried to commit suicide, but was overpowered and arrested. The doctor reportedly was to get married next week.
The CBI said the accused doctors in connivance with MCI officials used fake documents to register themselves with MCI. “As per the rules, the doctors who receive primary medical qualification degree by medical institutions abroad are required to pass a mandatory screening test in India to get the permanent registration certificates to practice here. In the present case, the accused doctors had not allegedly cleared the said screening test conducted by the National Board of examination,” said a CBI spokesperson.
The CBI said three of the doctors were working in government hospitals in Gujarat, Bengal and Chhattisgarh.
The CBI also conducted raid at the premises of a Meerut medical practitioner who was allegedly a conduit between the MCI officials and the potential candidates from abroad. Probe officials said the arrested people told investigators that they paid up to Rs 20 lakh for getting registration from the MCI. Several top MCI officials are also under the agency scanner.
In its FIR, the agency also alleged that the fake registration certificates generated by the MCI were dispatched in a hurried manner. The verification in respect of the degrees obtained by these doctors from medical institutions abroad was shown to have been conducted even before the submission of the applications to MCI requesting for registration.
The accused have been charged with cheating, forgery, criminal conspiracy under the IPC and sections of Prevention of Corruption Act.