Man who claimed to have got medical degree from Russia nabbed in TN for practising medicine without clearing IMC test

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COIMBATORE: A 32-year-old man, who claimed to have got a medical degree from Russia which is equivalent to MBBS, was detained in Coimbatore for practicing without passing a screening test conducted by the Indian Medical Council.

S Arul, 32, a native of Tenkasi in Tirunelveli district, opened a clinic at Kulathupalayam in Coimbatore in 2009.

Based on a tip off, joint director of medical and rural health services S Kannan raided the clinic on Thursday.”Arul told me that he had completed his medical degree in Russia and came to India in 2009. He appeared for the screening test conducted by the IMC. But he could not clear the test. So he could not register his degree in India and so he is not supposed to practise medicine in India. However, he ran the clinic for the last eight years,” said Kannan.

Arul could not produce his medical degree certificate when the officials asked for it. “He told us that he would submit the certificate in the evening. However, we handed him over to Kuniyamuthur police for further investigation,” said Kannan.

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