For the first time in PBT’s more than 13-year history of helping victims of “medical negligence” and fighting medical corruption, six innocent and law-abiding citizens were harassed, threatened, apprehended in a police van and detained at the police station for 5-6 hours only for appearing before the venue (Science City in Kolkata) to stage a silent and peaceful demonstration (with prior intimation to the police) against the unprecedented selection of Dr. Sukumar Mukherjee, most well-known negligent physician in India who was found responsible for death of Anuradha Saha by Supreme Court, for the “Bangabibhushan” award, highest Honor from the State of West Bengal. The police assured that no protest against the government will be tolerated by the Mamata Banerjee government by holding the PBT supporters in the police station until the award ceremony was over. Most shockingly, police also charged the six detained person under Section 151 CrPC (arrest to prevent cognizable offences). These six innocent persons included three women and also three hapless victims of medical negligence who came to PBT seeking help to find justice for their departed family member.
Earlier in the day, a vacation bench of Calcutta High Court took cognizance of a writ petition filed by Anuradha’s husband and PBT presidnet, Dr. Kunal Saha, challenging the deliberate and mala fide section of convicted Dr. Mukherjee. The HC has directed the state government to file affidavit how Dr. Mukherjee was chosen for the highest honor despite Apex Court holding him guilty for medical negligence and ethical violation. The court further said that the Bangabibhushan given to Dr. Mukherjee will be subjected to the outcome of this write petition which will be heard after regular court opens on 17th May, 2014 (see the news below).