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Anuradha Saha Death Case: Final Hearing Fixed In Supreme Court On October 30, 2012

Anuradha Saha wrongful death case, the historic legal battle that has brought a glimpse of hope for the countless victims of “medical negligence” in India, has been fixed for final hearing before the Supreme Court of India on Tuesday (October 30, 2012).  Anuradha, wife of PBT president Dr. Kunal Saha, died from gross medical negligence by several eminent Kolkata doctors (Sukumar Mukherjee, Abani Roychowdhury and Baidyanath Halder) and AMRI Hospital in Kolkata during a social visit to India in 1998.  After more than a decade of legal battle, Supreme Court found the Kolkata doctors and AMRI Hospital responsible for Anuradha’s death in 2009 and remanded the case back to National Consumer Court (NCDRC) only for determination of the quantum of compensation.  After more than two years, the NCDRC imposed a compensation of Rs. 1.7 crore against the Kolkata doctors/hospital last year.  While Rs. 1.7 crore may appear as a large compensation in Indian context, the NCDRC not only rejected more than 98% of the claim, they also did not give a penny of interest in this 14-year old legal case.  The total claim in this case now stands more than Rs. 200 crore based on Anuradha’s young age, education and living condition in USA.  Dr. Saha filed an appeal challenging the NCDRC decision seeking enhancement of the compensation awarded by the National Commission which will be finally decided by the Apex Court on October 30, 2012.  Dr. Saha has already vouched that except for the personal expenses that he incurred to fight this legal battle over the past more than 14 years, the entire compensation will be donated for promotion of better healthcare and for poor children in India.

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