Apex Court Directs AMRI Hospital To Pay Rs. 2 Crore By February 6 And Rest Within 2 Months

Order passed on 30th January, 2014 by Supreme Court division bench of Justice Mr. C.K. Prasad and Justice Mr. V. Gopala Gowda in the historic “medical negligence” case for the wrongful death of Anuradha Saha was posted in SC website today (attached below).  According to this order, Kolkata-based AMRI Hospital must pay Rs. 2 crore by Thursday (February 6) and remaining about Rs. 7.5 crore (out of total compensation of about Rs. 11.5 crore including interest) within another 2 months period.  The hospital had earlier sought one year extra time to pay the compensation because of “financial hardship” while Anuradha’s husband, Dr. Kunal Saha, filed a “contempt” against AMRI hospital for failure to pay the compensation on time.  Apex Court has kept the “contempt” petition pending with next hearing date on 5th May, 2014.  The order by SC sends a strong signal that doctors/hospitals found guilty for “medical negligence” cannot frustrate the victims by delaying payment of compensation on one ground or another.

SC Order (Feb, 2014) Anu Case