Mumbai: As many as 57 Doctors lost their practicing licenses after they have submitted fake Post graduation Degrees in order to get Council’s registration.
Shockingly all the 57 fake PG Degrees have been procured from the College of Physicians & Surgeons (CPS) in Mumbai and were from the same batch of 2014-15, News18 report.
The Maharashtra Medical Council busted the fake degrees and has now filed an FIR against the Doctors along with revoking their medical license.
According to the Police, a former student of CPS has been arrested in connection with the case for extorting money from students and giving them fake college degrees in return.
Case Investigations revealed that the accused, Dr Snehal Nyati, extorted money to the tune of Rs 3-5 lakh from every student on the pretext of providing a medical certification from the college.
The accused also assured the students of a degree even if they failed their exams, the officials said.
MMC has allowed several of these students to practice medicine on the basis of these fake degrees.
The fake degree scam first came to light in 2016, when the CPS received a letter from a police station in Maharashtra’s Jalgaon district, asking the college to verify the degree of a student.
The CPS administration suspected the doctors after receiving the complaint and informed the police that the concerned certificates were never issued by the College and are fake.
The MMC was then informed by the police and asked the council to verify the degrees of all the students registered for the year.
After an internal probe in the matter revealed that 78 of the applications received for the year 2014 and 2015 were fake.
“From where the certificates have come that cannot be investigated by us. We don’t have the expertise to investigate this. So we have asked the police to carry out necessary investigations and find out from where these students procured the certificates,” MMC said in its defense.
Meanwhile, the accused doctor has alleged that he is just a victim of a larger conspiracy and that the college itself is behind the scam.
A statement of Dr Nyati, recorded by the MMC, reads, “Dr Snehal Nyati stated that he has been unnecessarily framed in this alleged CPS degree scandal. He has been made a scapegoat by the CPS committee just to protect the chair and position of the current CPS President Dr Girish Mainderkar and his team members.”
However, President of CPS, Dr Girish Mainderkar, has denied these allegations and said that it was the responsibility of the MMC to verify every certificate with the college before issuing licenses.
“They have to cross check before they get students enrolled as a specialist doctor in the field. We don’t know how these students got registered,” he said.