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Dental Council of India in the grip of corruption?
Is the Dental Council of India in the grip of severe corruption and is it playing with the lives of patients by giving licenses to ineligible colleges, which in turn will produce ineligible doctors?

THE CENTRAL Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested a member of Dental Council of India from Tamil Nadu on January 7th on the charges of taking 25 lakh rupees in bribe in lieu of giving permission to a private college in the state to start post graduation course.

In October last year a division bench of Kerala High Court issued notice to seven members of the DCI, including its president and vice presidents, on the allegation of rampant corruption.

President of Dental Council of India, Dibyendu Mazumder while speaking to this citizen journalist said that if somebody is guilty of corruption then courts should certainly punish him or her. “The matter is sub-judice. Law will take its own course. If anybody is found guilty of corruption then he or she should certainly be punished from the DCI's point of view,” said Mazumder.

In Tamil Nadu, CBI had arrested DCI member Dr S Murukesan for allegedly demanding one crore rupees as bribe and accepting Rs 25 lakh as advance for granting approval to start post graduation dental course at the Adhiparasakthi Dental College and Hospital, Melmaruvathur, according to The Hindu. Dr. S Murukesan is the nominee of Annamalai University in the DCI.

DCI's president said that the council has written to the Annamalai University to take action against its nominee member. “We have written to the Annamalai University to take action against the member since the university has nominated him to the DCI,” said Mazumder.

According to a press statement by the CBI initially the DCI, New Delhi had disapproved the application of the college due to certain deficiencies and instructed the Principal of the dental college to comply with the same, as per the press statement issued by the CBI. Then the management of the said Dental College deputed its Administrative Officer to approach the DCI's member residing in Chennai for getting approval.

CBI in a surprise check had also recovered the bribe amount of Rs.25 lakhs from the possession of the DCI member according to CBI's statement.

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