Medical Council ex-chief’s judicial custody extended

New Delhi, May 28 (IANS) A city court Friday extended, by eight days, the judicial custody of former Medical Council of India president Ketan Desai and three others, arrested for alleged graft.

Additional Sessions Judge O.P. Saini sent Desai, J.P.Singh, Kanwaljit Singh and Sukhwinder Singh to jail till June 4.

Desai was arrested April 22 by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) along with the three others for allegedly accepting a bribe to give permission to a Punjab-based medical college to admit a fresh batch of students without having the requisite infrastructure.

Desai, alleged middleman J.P.Singh and doctors Sukhwinder Singh and Kanwaljit Singh of Patiala-based Gyan Sagar Medical College have been booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act dealing with inducing a public servant to accept a bribe, criminal misconduct and payment of money.

Based on contents of intercepted telephonic calls made among the accused, the CBI laid a trap outside the south Delhi residence of J.P.Singh, which led to his arrest and that of Kanwaljit Singh.