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Kolkata Court Criminally Indicts 17 Doctor-members of West Bengal Medical Council For Criminal Conspiracy And Shielding Doctors Responsible For Death of Anuradha Saha

In a historic decision for the first time in the annals of Indian medico-legal history, a criminal trial court in Kolkata has held 17 members of the West Bengal Medical Council (WBMC) including its last president, Dr. Ashok Chowdhury, prima facie guilty under Indian Penal Code (IPC) Section 120B (for “criminal conspiracy”) as well as Section 201 (for “causing disappearance of evidence of offence and to shield or screen an offender).  Dr. Kunal Saha, president of PBT, filed this criminal petition against almost the entire doctor-members of the WBMC who allegedly suppressed evidence to exonerate Dr. Sukumar Mukherjee and Dr. Baidyanath Halder, two senior Kolkata doctors who were principally responsible for the untimely death of his wife, Anuradha Saha, who died from medical negligence during a social visit to India in 1998.  Ironically, both the Supreme Court of India and the Medical Council of India (MCI), highest medical regulatory body in India, have held the two doctors guilty for medical negligence (see the criminal petition and order passed by the Bankshall court below).

Criminal Petition (against WBMC)

 

 

ORDER (August 19, 2011)

 

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