Dr. Nirmal Maji, a close ally of Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, has been accused of another major scandal for unlawfully procuring large amount of a highly expensive injection against COVID-19, Tocilizumab, in order to make huge financial profit. Although Mamata Banerjee government has tried to downplay this serious allegation against Dr. Maji who has also denied all allegations, the incidence has created another shock wave across West Bengal that has been rocked with numerous scandals by high-rank political leaders and government officials.
Dr. Maji is presently roaming free on bail only after he was indicted on two separate criminal cases filed by PBT president, Dr. Kunal Saha in 2018. These two cases include a charge under IPC Section 409 (“criminal breach of trust by a public servant) and IPC Section 464 (“fraud”) for allegedly taking money from West Bengal Medical Council for personal use and if convicted, he faces 10 years of jail. These criminal cases are presently pending before the Special Court for MPs/MLAs in Bidhan Nagar, Kolkata and scheduled for next hearing on 19 June, 2021. Dr. Maji was also found guilty for professional misconduct by the Medical Council of India (MCI) for planning to perform dialysis of his pet dog at the top super-specialty government hospital, SSKM Hospital in Kolkata, and only after PBT brought this heinous act to the notice of MCI, he was found guilty but MCI let him go with a slap in the wrist by issuing only a “warning”.