New Delhi: Turning a blind eye on the graft charges against Sangita Sharma secretary under probation, Medical Council of India (MCI) has decided to promote her to regular Secretary level post.

Sources said, Sharma has buried the hatchet with MCI’s Board of Directors which has paved the way for her elevation in MCI.

Sangeeta Sharma who joined MCI on March 25, 2011, is faced with serious corruption charges leveled during her tenure at Institute of Human Behaviour & Allied Sciences (IHBAS) from 2005 to 2008.
However, Sharma denied all charges leveled against her and claimed that she merely followed the orders from her superiors.

“Probe into the allegations against me has proved that I was merely following orders of senior officers. If there was a scam then those who gave orders are responsible.” Sharma said.

However, according to the sources, Union Health Ministry has issued a notice to Sharma directing her to put in her papers owing to the ongoing CBI and ACB probe against her.

The ministry has also expressed its reservation on Sharma’s elevation without taking clearance from Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC).

Earlier, during the tenure of Ketan Desai as MCI chief, ARN Setalvad’s appointment was done without getting clearance from ACC. 

After CBI arrested Desai for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 2 crore to grant recognition to a medical college in Punjab, it was found that he and Setalvad were in cahoots with each other in several cases of corruption.

The main objectives of the Medical Council include maintenance of uniform standards of medical education and recommendation for recognition/de-recognition of medical qualifications of medical institutions of India or foreign countries. 


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