New Delhi: Embroiled in charges of corruption, Medical Council of India (MCI) Secretary Sangeeta Sharma has been dismissed from her post. Acting on the directions of the Health Ministry, the MCI Board of Governors (BOG) issued instructions for her removal on Friday.

The news was first reported by the national daily- Dainik Jagran- under the title ‘MCI fir Ketan Desai ki raah par’ published on April 20, last year. The newspaper highlighted the same story on March 12 again this year highlighting the fact that in spite of the strong allegations, the MCI Board of Governors (BOG) was trying to shield Secretary Sangeeta Sharma.

After receiving a lot of flak, the Health Ministry finally issued orders for her removal on March 23. Talking to the newspaper on Friday, Sangeeta Sharma confirmed that she has been relieved from the post of secretary. On being asked if she would challenge the order, Sharma declined to comment.

It is alleged that Sangeeta does not hold the required qualifications for the post. Charges of making appointments without informing the cabinet committee have also been levelled against her.

Two years back, Ketan Desai, then MCI Chairman was arrested by the CBI on corruption charges. Sangeeta Sharma had been appointed as the MCI Secretary last year. Earlier, she was professor in Neuropsychopharmcology department of Delhi-based Institute of Human Behavior and Related Sciences

(JPN/Bureau)