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2 doctors discharged in 22-year-old case

There was relief for Dr AK Mukherjee, who along with renowned oncologists Dr Prafulla B Desai of Bombay Hospital was discharged by the court, for alleged medical negligence — more than 22 years after the duo performed surgery on a woman with cervical cancer.

mumbai Updated: Nov 11, 2010 01:05 IST
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There was relief for Dr AK Mukherjee, who along with renowned oncologists Dr Prafulla B Desai of Bombay Hospital was discharged by the court, for alleged medical negligence — more than 22 years after the duo performed surgery on a woman with cervical cancer.

“Acting on an application filed by state government, the Esplanade magistrate court discharged the cancer specialist saying there was nothing implicating him in the case,” said 83-year-old Padam Chand Singhi, complainant in the case and husband of the deceased, Leela.

The case dates back to December 22, 1987, when Dr Desai attempted to perform surgery on Leela Singhi, thereby ignoring the opinion of a renowned cancer specialist from a New York-based hospital. Singhi alleged the American doctor had termed Leela’s case as inoperable advising against any surgical intervention.

Soon after his wife’s death, on September 7, 1988, the former Indian Administrative Service officer of Rajasthan cadre lodged a formal complaint with the Maharashtra Director General of Police charging Dr. Prafulla Desai of medical negligence.

The Azad Maidan police registered a formal first information report on May 14, 1991 only after the Maharashtra Medical Council held Dr Desai guilty for breach of medical ethics, and warned him to be alert in future.

The police also booked Dr AK Mukherjee, who then worked as Dr Desai’s assistant, although Singhi did not name him as an accused. Time and again during his 22-year-long fight Singhi had sought to discharge Dr Mukherjee whom he wanted to examine as a witness in support of his complaint.