In a deliberate and sinister move to demoralize all victims of “medical negligence”, Mamata Banerjee’s government in West Bengal has selected Dr. Sukumar Mukherjee, notorious doctor held guilty by Supreme Court of India (SC) in 2009 for unethical, reckless and negligent therapy causing death of Anuradha Saha, to receive this year’s “Bangabibhushan”, highest award from the State to the best candidate in medicine (and other professions) in recognition of his remarkable service for the patients of West Bengal. Last year, the Apex Court also imposed highest compensation for medical negligence against Dr. Mukherjee and two other doctors and AMRI Hospital in Kolkata with a scathing observation that Dr. Mukherjee’s role was “unbecoming of a doctor”. The Medical Council of India (MCI) also directed to cancel Dr. Mukherjee’s medical license for negligence and “professional misconduct”. The decision by Banerjee government to bestow the highest Honor from the State to a convicted doctor is not only a slap on SC and entire judicial system, it also sends the wrong message to all honest doctors and public at large. Anuradha’s husband and PBT President, Dr. Kunal Saha, has moved an urgent writ petition before Kolkata High Court seeking injunction on the award ceremony which is scheduled tomorrow (May 20) evening.