New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected the plea by Kolkata-based AMRI hospital, which had sought one-year extra time to pay the compensation of over Rs 11.5 crore in a case of death due to medical negligence.
A bench of Justice C K Prasad and Justice V Gopala Gowda ordered the hospital to pay Rs 1.6 crore on Thursday and the rest amount within two and half months to the victim’s husband.
Following the apex court’s order, AMRI on Thursday paid Rs 1.6 crore to Dr Kunal Saha, an Indian-American doctor whose wife Anuradha Saha died in 1988 from medical negligence, reports PBT, an NGO founded by Dr Saha following his wife’s death.
Although three Kolkata doctors — Dr Sukumar Mukherjee, Dr Baidyanath Halder and Dr Balaram Prasad — and AMRI Hospital had been found guilty of negligence in the case of Anuradha’s death, the bulk of the compensation was imposed against the hospital.
The apex court also kept a “contempt” petition filed by Anuradha’s husband and PBT president, Dr Kunal Saha and directed that the “contempt” against AMRI Board of Directors will be listed on May 5.
According to PBT, the apex court’s order “sends a strong signal to the negligent doctors and hospitals that they will be held accountable for their misdeeds and that they cannot get away from justice by delaying tactics using inherent flaws in the justice delivery system.”