The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) conducted searches at 91 locations across the nation on Thursday as part of its investigation into a case of forgery involving several state medical councils and foreign medical graduates who were allegedly permitted to practise in India without passing a mandatory test.
According to sources, the agency has found various incriminating documents, including forgeries of FMG examination pass certificates, during the searches.
The CBI filed a case of corruption, criminal conspiracy, forgery, and cheating against unidentified officials of state medical councils, the former Medical Council of India, and 73 foreign medical graduates who were practising medicine in India without passing the required Foreign Medical Graduate Examination (FMGE).
To qualify for provisional or permanent registration with the National Medical Commission or a state medical council in order to practise medicine in India, a foreign medical graduate must pass the FMGE/screening test administered by the National Board of Examinations. CBI spokesperson: “It was suspected that as many as 73 foreign medical graduates who failed to pass the obligatory qualifying exams managed to register with the medical councils of numerous states.”
“It was also alleged that registration on such phoney credentials allowed the candidates to practise or acquire employment with hospitals across the nation,” he explained.