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Calcutta HC Rebukes WB Medical Council, Orders To Add PBT President In Ballot For Ongoing Council Election

On Monday (July 23), West Bengal Medical Council (WBMC) received a major blow as Calcutta High Court Justice Mr. Tapabrata Chakraborty quashed the order passed by the medical council rejecting the nomination of PBT president, Dr. Kunal Saha, to participate in the ongoing council election. Although Dr. Saha’s PIL in 2012 was instrumental to hold council the last election in 2013 where Dr. Saha was also ran as a candidate, his nomination to participate this year’s election was rejected by WBMC on the ground that he wrote his name as “Kunal Saha” and not as “Saha Kunal” as it appeared in his registration certificate and also because he sent the nomination form electronically via email. The HC lambasted WBMC advocate in the court and questioned him whether the council believed that he was a different person because he wrote his first name first. WBMC advocate also raised objection against Dr. Saha’s nomination on the ground that he was only an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) which was also rejected by the court. The court directed WBMC to include Dr. Saha (and another doctor, Dr. Tripti Das, who came before the court with similar allegation) name in the ballot to allow him contest the council election.

Serious allegations of election manipulation were raised by different medical groups in West Bengal against WBMC headed by Dr. Nirmal Maji who is also sitting MLA of the ruling Trinomul-Congress party. In his writ petition, Dr. Saha also raised allegation of deliberate retaliation by Dr. Maji to reject his nomination as Dr. Saha recently brought serious criminal charges against Dr. Maji for “criminal conspiracy” (IPC Section 120b) and “criminal defamation” (IPC Section 500/501). Dr. Maji was indicted and surrendered but released on bail as he awaits the criminal trial to begin. Dr. Saha also raised complaint against Dr. Maji seeking cancellation of his medical registration as he planned to have his pet dog’s dialysis at a premier government hospital in Kolkata using his personal influence. MCI is currently investigating the complaint against Dr. Maji. Although WBMC election has already started through postal ballot, they have to use a new ballot with Dr. Saha’s and Dr. Das’s names as directed by the Calcutta HC. Appearing in-person, Dr. Saha argued his own case before the court yesterday (see news below).

Statesman (July 24, 2018)

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  • Debashish Sengupta July 24, 2018, 9:09 am

    West Bengal Medical Council has not seen a fair and transparent President till date. Dr Maji is outright corrupt as it can be seen from his infamous activities. Recently, because of Dr Nirmal Maji the junior doctors at Medical College Kolkata suffered a lot. West Bengal’s health sector has become corrupt because of him. Therefore, this cunning and unscrupulous man must be thrown out of the power and transparency must be brought.

  • Dr. S. K. Thakur July 24, 2018, 9:25 am

    Congratulations Dr. Saha ! The WBMC can go to any extent to serve the interest of doctors turned politicians.

  • R N Srivastava July 24, 2018, 10:11 am

    Most professional Bodies in our country are not sincere about its members practicing good ethics to which they are supposed to be committed statutorily.Situation going from bad to worse.

  • Saileswar Chakrabarti July 24, 2018, 11:16 am

    Congratulations for the victory. This is high time Dr. Nirmal Maji’s should take a lesson and stop his detrimental activities as reported.

  • Ganesh Mandal July 24, 2018, 1:38 pm

    Thanks to Mr. Tapabrata Chakrabarty , Justice of Calcutta HC for his proper judgement. PBT is always working for the medical negligence people. So, PBT must win in every cases. Truth only prevails. Dr. Maji should leave the job right now.

  • Prabir Lahiri July 28, 2018, 9:12 pm

    A ballot paper arrived to me who is not a registered medical practioner from West Bengal medical council election 2018. A deliberate action to make election a farce?

    Prabir Lahiri

  • PBT July 31, 2018, 6:29 pm

    Could you please send a scanned copy of the ballot along with the envelope to PBT president, Dr.Kunal Saha at his email at anku@aol.com. Thank you.