The Special Court for MLAs/MPs charged with a criminal offense held West Bengal Medical Council (WBMC) president and recently elected MLA from the ruling Trinomool-Congress (TMC) party prima facie guilty for criminal defamation (under Indian Penal Code section 500) and ordered him to stand trial starting November 20, 2021. PBT president Dr. Kunal Saha filed this historic criminal case against Dr. Maji after the TMC MLA gave an interview with a national daily in which he openly said that Dr. Saha has been minting money by cheating people in the name of a charitable organization (PBT). Dr. Maji further threatened that Dr. Saha medical registration may be canceled by the WBMC. The rage against Dr. Saha was the result after Dr. Saha lodged a complaint against Dr. Maji following a botched attempt by Dr. Maji to use the dialysis machine of SSKM Hospital, a premier government hospital in Kolkata, for dialysis of a pet dog putting lives of innocent human patients in danger. The Medical Council of India (MCI) investigated the complaint and held Dr. Maji and two other doctors guilty as charged but let the guilty doctors go with only a “warning”. Dr. Saha also lodged a second criminal case against Dr. Maji for money laundering and criminal breach of trust by a public servant (under IPC section 409). Dr. Maji was also found prima facie guilty in this case but was released on bail. Both these criminal cases against Dr. Maji will come up for hearing next month. A copy of the Special Court order passed is pasted below.
Nirmal Maji Cri. Case Order (Sept, 2021)