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Medical ethics body’s president attends court hearing in corruption case

New Delhi: Dr Ketan Desai, who was recently installed as president of the World Medical Association (WMA), appeared in a New Delhi court on Friday to attend a hearing in a case where he faces charges of corruption. The next hearing in the case will be held on February 6.

Based in France, the WMA, whose members include the American Medical Association and the British Medical Association, sets ethical standards for physicians worldwide, reports Reuters.

In the New Delhi case filed in 2010, Dr Desai, who was then president of the Medical Council of India (MCI), faces charges of corruption and criminal conspiracy for allegedly being involved in a conspiracy to obtain a bribe of Rs 2 crore from a medical college.

Dr Desai denies any wrongdoing, but investigators allege he helped the medical college get permission from the MCI to add more students. Dr Desai was arrested in the Delhi case and jailed in 2010 pending a trial. He was later released on bail.

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