An anonymous letter has been sent to Directorate of Health Services (DHS) and marked to Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) warned top officials against taking “any action against” Dr L H Hiranandani Hospital’s CEO, Dr Sujit Chatterjee, in the ongoing investigations into the kidney racket busted at the hospital in July.
A similar letter was also received by Mahesh Tanna, the activist who helped register the complaint with Powai police against the hospital.
The letter was dated September 2 but was delivered at DHS office on October 7.
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The DHS sent a written complaint the same day to the Powai police station, seeking investigation into the “threat” posed to senior officials, while Tanna had registered a non-cognisable complaint with the Versova police on October 11.
“We have not yet registered an FIR. The letter was not signed. An inquiry is on but we have not perceived any threat so far,” said Assistant Commissioner of Police A S Shaikh, Saki Naka division.
The unsigned letter to DHS said, “You can take whatever action you want to take against our four doctors. But if you harass our CEO, we will be left with no alternative but to protest against you.”
The letter, DHS officials said, was sent to one of the officials probing the angle of medical negligence under the Transplantation of Human Organs Act, 1994, against the hospital doctors. In its report, the DHS has named five senior doctors, including Chatterjee, from the hospital for being negligent and two other doctors for approving the transplant permission without proper scrutinisation.
According to Tanna, who received a letter on September 10 asking him to stop interfering in the matter, the sender also sent an unsigned message threatening that revenge for his complaint will be taken.
Chatterjee could not be reached for a comment over the letter. The hospital spokesperson did not respond to calls or text messages.