Exposing the ugly face of corruption inside Mamata Banerjee’s government which is already reeling under the huge Saradha Chit Fund scam investigation by CBI, Justice Mr. Tapabrata Chakraborty of Calcutta High Court heard a long argument today for alleged manipulation by Banerjee government for selection of candidates for the prestigious Bangabhibushan award, highest accolade given by the state government to an eminent person for his contribution to the society. This case was filed by PBT president Dr. Kunal Saha after a 5-member committee selected Dr. Sukumar Mukherjee to receive the Bangabhibushan award earlier this year even though Dr. Mukherjee was convicted for “medical negligence” causing death of Dr. Saha’s wife, Anuradha, by Supreme Court of India that also awarded the highest-ever compensation against Dr. Mukherjee (and three other doctors and AMRI Hospital in Kolkata).
Dr. Mukherjee is known to be close to Bengal chief minister, Mamata Banerjee, who also appointed him as the “chief adviser” for the state government in 2011 which has also been challenged by Dr. Saha in a separate case in which the Apex Court has already issued notice against Ms. Banerjee. Dr. Saha’s attorney, Indranil Roy, argued in the court today that selection of a convicted physician like Dr. Mukherjee was not only done with a vested interest, it is also clear from the affidavit filed by the State that they committed fraud as the meeting to select the awardees were allegedly decided held after the names were already declared. The HC heard argument by Mr. Roy with intense attention for more than two hours today. The final argument is this important case will continue on Monday (Sept. 15).