US-based AIDS researcher Kunal Saha,who was awarded a compensation of Rs 6.03 crore by the Supreme Court (SC) Thursday in a medical negligence case,demanded that the West Bengal government remove Sukumar Mukherjee,one of the guilty doctors,from the post of Chief Medical Advisor to the state health department.
Saha has challenged the appointment of Mukherjee in the SC and the case will come up for hearing next week.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had appointed Mukherjee chief medical advisor last year.
Saha said the SC had held Mukherjee guilty of medical negligence in treating his wife Anuradha,who died in Kolkata after a skin infection.
Contacted,Mukherjee said: The national consumer commission awarded Rs 40 lakh but the SC reduced the compensation to Rs 10 lakh. The apex court reduced my liability in this case.
On Sahas demand for his resignation,he said so many doctors were paying compensations in medical negligence cases but that did not mean a doctor could not continue his profession. It is up to the state government to decide on my service as an advisor.
Nirmal Maji,chairman and president of West Bengal Medical Council who is also a Trinamool MLA,said he would discuss the huge compensation with Medical Council of India.
On the demand for Mukherjees removal,Maji said: The government will act in a positive manner.