Following his arrest, most of his close associates opted not to react to the development. AMA president
Dr Jitendra Patel, a close associate of Dr Desai, said, "I don't know anything about him. Can I talk to you later?" While Dr Desai's wife, Dr Alka Desai — a gynaecologist practicing in Ahmedabad — could not be contacted, another doctor, Ashok Kanodia, refused to comment.