The Income Tax department on Thursday provided the CBI with tax returns and other financial transaction details of former Medical Council of India (MCI) chief Ketan Desai in a disproportionate assets case registered against him and his family members.
The office of the Chief Commissioner of Income Tax had instructed the assessing officer of the particular range to furnish the details of the tax returns and other investment related details of Desai and his family to the CBI, an I-T officer said. The returns pertain to the last four-five years.
The CBI today registered a disproportionate assets case against Desai and his family. As of today, we have found assets to the tune of Rs 24 crore in his and his familys name, CBI Director Ashwani Kumar said in New Delhi.
Sources said Desais wife and mother were also booked in the case. The I-Ts investigation unit in Gujarat has also provided the agency with details of cash and credit card transactions of Desai along with the Permanent Account Numbers (PANs) possessed by the family, the officer said.
Kumar said the agency has found good evidence in
the case, for which Desai was arrested, and an inspector of the MCI, who had visited the Gyan Sagar Medical College in Patiala, has been made a witness.
Searches conducted by the CBI at various premises of Desai has reportedly yielded huge amount of cash, investments and gold worth several crores of rupees.
Desai was arrested on April 22 by the CBI for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 2 crore to give permission to a Punjab medical college to recruit a fresh batch of students without having requisite infrastructure.
On May 15, the MCI, set up 76 years ago to regulate medical education in the country, was dissolved in the wake of the developments and was replaced by a six-member panel of eminent doctors.