New Delhi: The Medical Council of India, off late has been in a huddle after the union Health Ministry raised objections over appointment of a tainted officer as the secretary of MCI.

Dr Sangeeta Sharma, who has been charged in several cases filed by the CBI and state anti-corruption Bureau, holds the post of MCI Secretary presently.

The issue was raised immediately by the Ministry after the constitution of the new governing body under Doctor KK Talwar on May 13.

In a letter written to the Medical Governing Board on May 25 (Dainik Jagran has a copy of it), the Health Ministry had raised the issue of illegal procedures adopted in her appointment and asked it  to respond to it.

The ministry has also questioned the governing body which despite the serious corruption charges against her considered her fit for the post.Questions like whether the vigilance as well as her department notified it  have also been raised in the letter.

Even, her capacity and experience for the MCI 's post are being scrutinised.

Evidently, criteria which is adopted for appointing an MCI secretary is that a candidate  for this post should be serving as a Professor for 3 years and he\ should posses at least 10 years of teaching experience .

The ministry in another letter written on May 11 has sought reply regarding the procedure adopted in her appointment. Sources doubt that her appointment came into effect after receving directions from the governing body’s head.

In a report published in Jagran on April 20, it was clearly stated that an opaque procedure of appointment was adopted during her selection.

However, MCI has argued that former head Ketan Desai also did not take the prior approval of Appointment Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) for the selection of MCI secretary ARN Setalvad.

JPN/Bureau