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Dr. Nirmal Maji, West Bengal Medical Council President, Facing Two Criminal Cases, Nominated As TMC Candidate, Files Affidavit With Election Commission Showing Income of Only Rs. 4,81,037/- For 2019-2020

Dr. Nirmal Maji, a close ally of Bengal chief minister, Ms. Mamata Banerjee, has been nominated as a Trinomul-Congress (TMC) candidate from Uluberia-Uttar constituency in West Bengal for the upcoming assembly election.Dr. Maji has filed affidavit with the Election Commission that shows that for the last year (2019-2020), he has earned only Rs. 4,81,037/- (four lakh eighty-one thousand thirty-seven rupees only) which is almost Rs. 45,000/- less than what he claimed to have made the year before (see Dr. Maji’s affidavit below). Dr. Maji has occupied the post of West Bengal Medical Council (WBMC) president since 2011 after TMC came to power in West Bengal. Perhaps more interestingly, Dr. Maji has admitted in his affidavit that he is facing two criminal cases at the present time – one for criminal defamation (IPC Section 500/501) and the other for “criminal breach of trust” by a public servant and “fraud” etc. (IPC Sections 403, 406, 409 and 464). Both these criminal cases were moved by PBT president, Dr. Kunal Saha – the first case is due to the defamatory comments made by Dr. Maji following his guilty verdict by the MCI for planning to perform a pet dog’s dialysis at the SSKM hospital, a premier government hospital for humans in Kolkata. The second case under IPC Section 403/406/409/464, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment, is for alleged money laundering from the West Bengal Medical Council (WBMC) to pay for his personal legal case. Both these criminal cases are pending before the Special Court for MLAs/MPs in Kolkata. While PBT has never been affiliated with any political party and always stood up against all forms of medical corruption whether by the BJP-led central health ministry or TMC-led health ministry in West Bengal and it is also not unique in India to find convicted or indicted criminals are given tickets by different political parties to run in assembly or parliament elections, we wonder why the TMC could not find another doctor with a more clean character and without any criminal background than Dr. Maji to run in Bengal assembly election?

Dr. Nirmal Maji (Election 2021 Affidavit)

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