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Calcutta HC Admits PBT’s Writ Petition Against W.B. Information Commission For Refusing To Disclose Information (Under RTI Act) Regarding Powerful Political Leader Who Avoided Staying In Jail Using Alleged False Medical Certificate

Justice Mr. Shekhar Saraf at Calcutta HC has passed a historic order today and admitted PBT’s challenge (vide W.P. No. 124/2018) against the State Information Commission for not allowing an RTI application seeking information from SSKM Hospital about medical records of top leader of the ruling Trinomul party, Mr. Madan Mitra, who avoided staying in jail (after CBI arrest in the Saradha Chit Fund Scam in 2015) on medical ground using his political influence. Ironically, after spending several months in a private comfortable hospital cabin in Kolkata when he was supposed to be in jail as his application for bail was rejected on several occasions, Mr. Mitra was declared fit by the same doctors moments after his bail application was eventually allowed by the court. PBT had sought the medical information for bigger public interest to have the records verified by independent medical experts to prove or disprove whether the doctors at SSKM hospital gave false medical certificate only to help the influential political leader. The SSKM Hospital refused to provide information about Mr. Madan Mitra to cover up alleged corruption and issuance of false medical certificate by doctors who were involved with Mr. Mitra’s treatment. This new writ petition has also sought financial compensation from the W.B. Information Commission for the loss PBT suffered as PBT president, Dr. Kunal Saha had traveled all the way from USA to argue this case before the Information Commission last December but the hearing was not conducted by the State Information Commission

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  • S.K.Thakur April 10, 2018, 7:01 pm

    Very commendable step Dr Saha ! The problem the medical profession is facing today is due to a handful of doctors involved in unethical practice !

  • Parag April 14, 2018, 1:02 am

    Very well done Dr Saha! No place to hide for corrupt and negligent medical professionals!!

    My family is also a victim of medical negligence. I’ve started the petition “Medical Council of India, Lilavati Hospital: Cancel License, expel Corrupt Nephrologist Hemant Mehta, Prashant Rajput who killed my Mom” and need your help to get it off the ground.

    Will you take 30 seconds to sign it right now. Here’s the link:



  • Mr Amitra Sudan Chakharbortty May 8, 2018, 5:06 am

    It is great to see that there are still some people having courage to challenge the wrong doings and illegal activities of the people in power. Being a researcher on the situation of those courageous people known as Human Rights Defenders, I will eageerly wait to see the final conclusion of this case and I wish Dr Saha and his team all the best for this important litigation. I am sure that you will win the case as the larger public interest demands the disclosure of the required information and the WBIC was has earred in not declaring so.