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PBT’s “Contempt” Petition In SC Brings New Laws Allowing “Non-advocates” To Represent Victims of “Medical Negligence” In Consumer Courts

A major victory for all consumers and victims of “medical negligence” was achieved today (Feb. 24) in the Supreme Court as the “Contempt” petition filed by PBT against National Consumer Forum (NCDRC) was disposed of by the division bench of Justices Mr. T.S. Thakur and Mr. C. Nagappan (SC Contempt Petition No. 158/2002; People for Better Treatment vs. H.D. Nautiyal, Registrar, NCDRC) with specific observations that from now on, non-advocates and humanitarian organizations like PBT would be able to represent victims of medical negligence and other victims of deceptive trade practice in NCDRC and other Consumer Courts across India.  New specific guidelines for accreditation of non-advocate/representative/NGO who may represent justice-seekers in the Consumer Courts have been posted on the “Consumer Affairs Ministry” website at (see below)

PBT filed this “Contempt” petition in 2012 after NCDRC remained silent even after the Apex Court passed a judgment in 2011 to frame new guidelines allowing benevolent social organizations and non-advocates to represent consumers including victims of medical negligence.  As a result of our “Contempt” petition, NCDRC has framed new guidelines now as it becomes law from 17th February, 2014 with its publication in government’s official Gazette.

Many victims of “medical negligence” are victimized for a second time by unscrupulous lawyers who deliberately stalls the process of justice only to extract more money from the victim or even worse, surreptitiously join hands with the accused doctor/hospital in order to deny justice.  Many competent volunteers in PBT will now be accredited by NCDRC and be able to help hapless victims of “medical negligence” find justice in the court of law. PBT president, Kunal Saha, a medical doctor based in USA who has personally appeared to argue many important public interest litigations (PILs) as well as personal cases in High Courts and Supreme Court including the recent case for his wife’s wrongful death in which Apex Court has awarded highest compensation (Rs. 11.5 crore) for “medical negligence”, has expressed that he would also get accredited himself from NCDRC now to help other victims of alleged “medical negligence” by appearing on their behalf in Consumer Courts in India.

NCDRC Guidelines (Feb 2014)

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  • Manash Ranjan Sahoo February 26, 2014, 3:01 pm

    You should do a branch office in Orissa as there are several cases of medical negligence cases found here.You also give for better treatment advice for the poor patients.

  • Arvind Mishra February 27, 2014, 5:01 pm

    Great efforts by Dr Saha and unprecedented results…
    i get inspired to continue my fight here in Bhopal against corrupt doctors, MCI & dishonest officials supporting to culprits…

  • Rohit Goyal March 2, 2014, 9:37 pm

    Dr. Saha is a source of enegy and a ray of hope for all medical negligence cases. Now we can see things are changing in india for medical negligence victims. Still a lot needs to be done. We all need to do our bit to support his efforts.
    Thank you Dr. Kunal Saha…Thanks PBT India..

    Regards
    Rohit Goyal

  • S.P. Manchanda March 3, 2014, 4:38 pm

    Kudos to Dr Saha and PBT. It is really a greatest achievement that now non-advocates and humanitarian organizations like PBT would be able to represent victims of medical negligence and other victims of deceptive trade practice in NCDRC and other Consumer Courts across India. PBT should declare names of such persons in each city on its website to help those victims who want to fight against medical negligence and deceptive trade practices but don’t want to engage advocates. After getting funds from AMRI, PBT should also help financially victims of medical negligence and also out of pocket expenses for those volunteers who come forward to help hapless people by guiding and appearing in courts.