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Press Conference: Seventeen Doctor-members of West Bengal Medical Council To Surrender On November 4 Facing Criminal Charges

Seventeen members of the West Bengal Medical Council (WBMC) were found prima facie guilty for “criminal conspiracy” (punishable under IPC 120B) and “screening offender” (punishable under IPC 200) on August 19, 2011 for deliberately shielding Dr. Sukumar Mukherjee and Dr. Baidyanath Halder, two principal physicians later found guilty by the Supreme Court for causing wrongful death of Anuradha Saha.  The criminal court in Kolkata (Bankshall Court) issued processes against the 17 WBMC members, almost the entire medical council, including its president, Dr. Ashok Chowdhury and vice-president, Dr. Subir Dutta, and ordered them to surrender on November 4, 2011 (see the Order below).  This is the first time in Indian history that almost all members of a professional regulatory body, not to speak of a “medical council”, have been criminally indicted on charge of criminal conspiracy trying to shield one of their own.  On the eve of this historic court proceeding on Friday, PBT has called a press conference on Thursday (November 3, 2011) at 5 PM at the Calcutta Press Club.  All are cordially invited to attend.

Bankshall court ORDER (August 19, 2011)

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