In a surprising development on July 17, Kolkata High Court division bench presided by Justice Mr. K.J. Sengupta refused to allow Dr. Kunal Saha, PBT president, to argue the public interest litigation (PIL) filed by PBT against against the undemocratically formed Adhoc Medical Council in West Bengal. The division bench did not allow Dr. Saha to argue because the petition was signed by PBT secretary, Malay Ganguly, and not by Dr. Saha who lives in USA. Although Dr. Saha was physically present in the court and urged that he had drafted the PIL and he was in the best position to argue the vital points raised in the petition, the court was not willing to allow him to argue the case. Ironically, Supreme Court of India had previously allowed Dr. Saha to argue a criminal case (for the wrongful death of his wife, Anuradha Saha) even though he was not the petitioner or signed the petition during filing. This PIL was filed challenging the blatant move by the Mamta Banerjee government to form an Adhoc West Bengal Medical Council with 10 hand-picked doctors who are loyal supporters of the Banerjee’s Trinomul party (including two Trinomul MLAs) instead of holding an election which is due since 2010. A full copy of the PIL is attached below.