Mumbai: Supplementary Charge Sheet was filed against 77 doctors who allegedly received their ‘fake post-graduate degree’ from CPS Mumbai, under the relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for forgery and cheating.
As per recent media reports, the police team charged them under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) Sections 420 (cheating and dishonestly including delivery of property), 465 (punishment for forgery), 467 (forgery of valuable security), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention).
Out the 77, Fifty-three doctors appeared in the court at Sewri, and all of them got bail as police did not oppose their applications, reports the Mumbai Mirror.
The Medical Dialogues team earlier reported that the Maharashtra Medical Council stumbled upon the scam in 2016, while scrutinizing documents of a candidate, who had submitted a fake certificate for registration. This prompted the medical council to launch a statewide probe into the matter.
Most fake degrees were of sought-after courses such as diploma in gynaecology and obstetrics, diplomas in ophthalmic medicine, general surgery and cardiology, fellowships in surgery, medicine.
The MMC investigations revealed that around 77 doctors had failed the College of Physicians and Surgeons examinations, but managed to procure passing certificates and had been practising based on those specialists’ degrees.
The state medical council suspended 20 doctors in April last year after their confession of paying lakhs of rupees to obtain fake PG degrees. They also named a middleman who is paediatrician by profession.
Later, the MMC summoned 53 specialists for questioning.
Further inquiry led to 50 more doctors coming out and submitting written apologies. These doctors were handed a one-year suspension by the council. Another 7, who did not show for the final hearing were handed over a 5-year ban.
The whole case was linked to a larger scam involving more medical practitioners who assisted them to get the fake certificates. Doctors allegedly paid between Rs 3 lakh and Rs 6 lakh for the certificates after failing the CPS examination.