Bribe: Dental Council members get HC notice

The Kerala High Court has issued notices to seven members of the Dental Council of India, based on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL), which accuses the seven of amassing money to the tune of Rs 50 crore.

Three of the seven members, Dr Y Bharath Shetty, Dr Jayakar S M and Dr Pradeep Chandra Shetty are from Karnataka and are associated with Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS).

A division bench headed by Justice Manjula Chellur ordered issuance of notices on October 4 in response to the PIL which seeks an investigation by the Cental Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the alleged bribe.

The PIL has been filed by a former member of the Dental Council of India, Dr Shaji Joseph. The petition alleged that the seven including DCI president Dr Dibyendu Mazumder and vice-president Dr Mahesh Verma amassed Rs 50 crore as gratification for granting permission to 1,187 new post graduate seats for the academic year 2012-13  by abusing their official positions. The petitioner also contends that the seats were granted to private institutions without full time faculties or infrastructural facilities.

The petition also challenged the validity of the amendment regulations made to the Dental Council of India rules in 2011, wherein a 4 plus 1 system was introduced in place of five year integrated system introduced in 2007.

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