In a major development in the highest ever compensation case for “medical negligence” in India and to decide the vital question of examining “foreign experts” through videoconferencing, the Supreme Court division bench of Justices Mr. Dalveer Bhandari and Mr. Deepak Verma today (February 18, 2011) significantly advanced the final hearing of this case from 30th August, 2011 to 5th April, 2011 considering the gravity of the matter. Four top Kolkata doctors (Sukumar Mukherjee, Baidyanath Halder, Abani Roychowdhury and Balaram Prasad) and AMRI Hosptial in Kolkata were found guilty for “medical negligence” causing death of my wife and US-based child psychologist, Anuradha Saha, in a historic judgment on August 7, 2009. The SC also remanded the case back to the National Consumers’ Commission (NCDRC) only to determine the “quantum of compensation” (original claim of Rs. 77.7 crore plus interests from 1998 when Anuradha died) within 6 months.
But more than 18 months later, the influential medicos were able to stall the proceedings at the NCDRC on one bogus plea or another. After the Apex Court was moved toward the end of last year challenging the inordinate delay and blatant refusal by the NCDRC to allow me produce US-based economic and psychology experts through videoconferencing to help coming to a just conclusion about the quantum of compensation based our lives in the USA, the SC registry listed the case more than 10 months later on August 30, 2011 against which I filed this early hearing petition (copy attached). Ironically, two SC registry employees were caught red-handed by the CBI on Feb. 10, 2009 while taking bribe in relation to Anuradha’s case for delaying the process of justice.
Today’s ruling by the Apex Court will have important implications on future cases of “medical negligence” and would send a strong signal to the negligent and corrupt members of the medical community in India. This would also pave the way for justice not only for Anuradha but also for the countless victims of “medical negligence” in India. PBT also calls all consientious citizens to sign the petition (by clicking the scroll bar at the top of this page) and join our demand to the Hon’ble President and Chief Justice of India to end the pervasive corruption in our healthcare system.