Relief for IMA chiefs

By Ankur Paliwal
Published: Friday 31 December 2010

Delhi High Court has granted an interim stay on the suspension of president and secretary general of the Indian Medical Association (IMA). The ethics committee of Medical Council of India (MCI) on November 9 suspended the license of G Samaram, president, and Dharam Prakash, secretary general, for six months. They were charged with violating medical ethics for authorising endorsement deals with PesiCo and Dabur India in 2007.

The endorsement deals came to light when K V Babu, an ophthalmologist in Kerala, filed a complaint with MCI. According to the agreement, IMA was to receive `46 lakh per annum from PepsiCO for endorsing its products for three years.

Dabur agreed to give Rs 23 lakh. The contract was to expire in 2011. PepsiCo also agreed to spend Rs 6 lakh per annum on education programmes of IMA. Challenging the decision of the committee, Prakash filed a petition on November 27.

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