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Lawyers Threaten PBT President Inside Consumer Court For Helping Victims of Medical Negligence: Complaint Lodged With Police

In a shocking and unbelievable development, a large group of advocates harassed PBT president, Dr. Kunal Saha and threatened him with dire consequences if he does not stop from arguing cases on behalf of victims of medical negligence. Ever since Dr. Saha personally argued and won a historic verdict and highest-ever compensation from Supreme Court for the wrongful death of his wife, Anuradha Saha, he has been appearing before the National, State and District consumer forums coming all the way from his permanent residence in USA to argue cases on behalf of many alleged victims of medical negligence. Dr. Saha came to India last week and appeared before the W.B. State Consumer Forum today to argue for a victim, Abhijit Banik, whose young wife died from alleged medical negligence following delivery of a child.

For some reasons, the bench presided by state forum president, Justice Mr. Ishan Chandra Das, refused to allow Dr. Saha to argue on behalf of the victim. Even more shockingly, a large group of lawyers also started to shout against Dr. Saha and PBT. They chased Dr. Saha out of the courtroom and threatened him with dire consequence and other abusive languages. Finally, police escorted Dr. Saha from the court premise. Later, a formal complaint was lodged with the local police station seeking a thorough investigation and appropriate action against the rowdy lawyers who were involved in this deplorable incidence. Law clearly provides that non-advocate and/or NGO can plead cases on behalf of the victims. In 2012, PBT moved a contempt petition against National Consumer Forum (NCDRC) for not framing necessary rules to allow non-advocates to argue on behalf of ordinary people including victims of medical negligence after Apex Court gave specific direction in this regard. PBT will move the higher courts against today’s decision by the W.B. Consumer Forum not to allow Dr. Saha to argue medical negligence cases.

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  • Prof. BEJON KUMAR MISRA December 21, 2018, 7:52 pm

    I am personally proud of Medical Practitioners like Dr. Kunal Saha who are fighting for the rights of patients within the framework of our constitution and the existing laws. None have the right to take the Law in their own hands to intimidate patients or their representatives inside the court rooms. Strong action should be taken against all such persons who threaten the complainants and use illegal methods to protect the culprits. I condemn such acts and police must take strong action against such violent gestures.

  • MUKESH YADAV December 21, 2018, 9:32 pm

    I condemn attack on Dr.Kunal Saha and fully support move of Dr.Kunal for the cause of poor victims of medical negligence in India.

  • Parag December 22, 2018, 12:06 am

    Dr. Saha has been kind enough to argue for hapless patients and come from US to India for them. Its a shame that instead of applauding him we treat such noble people by discouraging them!

    Next time, it would be good if such dates wherein Dr. Saha is going to argue in court is announced beforehand on PBT site. All of us who are in the city on those dates can join to show our strength. What to do, the Police and law in our country seem inadequate in front of corruption and rowdiness!

    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:



  • Samir Das December 22, 2018, 12:52 am

    Ethics in medical practice is hard to find nowadays, doctors have become sales man of the mnc co.’s and patients have become guinea pig. State is mere audience in this act of looting and corporates with their deep pocket actually managed to deviate law in their way. In such scenario common man has either has to bear the brunt or die keeping mum. I appeal to every man with a thought to come and join Dr. Saha ,who is doing a commendable and brave job.
    Our voluntary participation will strengthen the good work and no patient will be neglected and the medical practitioners and their bosses will not fuss in the future.

  • Rajib Barman December 22, 2018, 1:17 am

    We are with Dr Saha .Pl don’t compromise with anyone. We need better treatment from doctors.

  • Ziegenbalbach December 23, 2018, 7:46 am

    That’s why India had been looked down upon by all the developed nations. An inferior system.

  • S.Das December 23, 2018, 10:29 am

    Dr. Saha is fighting against this corruption and wrong doings of negligent doctors,hospitals, not for himself but for us-the victims.
    Dr. Saha , we are with you and no one can do anything to you as you are in the right track who only visits India to help the victims every year.
    This unethical action proved their extreme limitations and exposed their fears.

  • pankaj rauth December 23, 2018, 11:30 pm

    I condemn the attack & misbehaviour of Group of Advocate on Dr. Kunal Saha.Dr. Saha is helping the victims of Medical Negligence to get justice.Dr. Saha you are doing great job.God is with you.Keep your fight alive we are with you.

  • Somenath chakraborty December 24, 2018, 4:21 am

    I condemn the attack on Dr. Kunal Saha. this is very shocking and shameless incident, which i cant describe this is happen in the State commission where common public go to find justice. if it is happen in court ,what is the value of Indian constitution and judiciary,God is with Dr Saha, if lawyer is take law in their own hand who can be safe, this registry should be scrutinised is this judiciary going like this,Dr saha have every right to do that , Keep your fight alive we are with you.

  • Radheshyam Sharma December 24, 2018, 7:28 am

    It just shows the judiciary in bad light when they allow lawyers to bully Dr. Kunal Saha who has been doing great work in bringing erring medical practitioners to book. Keep up the good work, Dr. Saha.

  • Hardeep December 26, 2018, 7:47 pm

    This attack has to be strongly condemned . victims suffer before coming to the court and then by lawyers seeking to exploit all loopholes in Law. I suggest all present and past victims to form a nationwide group which supports each other in all ways feasible. I am in Delhi and can help in whatever way possible . We can meet to brainstorm best way forward.

  • S.K.Thakur December 26, 2018, 9:43 pm

    I strongly condemn the incidence. This is direct attack on democracy of the country and thousands of victims of medical negligence, whom Dr Saha is helping.

  • S.K.Thakur December 26, 2018, 10:00 pm

    You can’t even imagine the level of corruption prevailing in the WB in harrassing a victim of medical negligence ! I have nightmarish personal experiences. Hope to publish my book next year ” Ethos of Medical Council of India ” based on documented evidence. Thanks to Dr. Saha, at least, I was able to get closer of my case in the MCI. I am fighting nearly a dozen court cases at present right from the Supreme court to the Trial court. I know I ll never get closer of these cases in my lifetime, so I decided to pen down my painful experiences.

  • Dr S K Thakur December 26, 2018, 11:08 pm

    The above mentioned comment is for Prof Bejon Kr Mishra.

  • Ajeya Verma January 4, 2019, 6:03 am

    Very True Mr Das . I totally agree with all of You who expresssd deep concern for Dr Saha who is fighting against this corruption and wrong doings of negligent doctors,hospitals, not for himself but for us-the victims.
    Dr. Saha , we are with you and no one can do anything to you as you are in the right track who only visits India to help the victims every year.
    This unethical action proved their extreme limitations and exposed their fears.
    Dr Saha is doing Such a brave selfless work for All of us and for humanity at large , It is highly condemnable . We are with You Dr Saha . Yes please Continue without any hasitation. Nobody can stop You.