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Medical Council cannot remove the name until Doctor Convicted by Criminal Court: Madras Hight Court

Medical Council cannot remove the name until Doctor Convicted by Criminal Court: Madras Hight Court

Another much awaited relief in PCPNDT Case.

“The question of removing the Doctor’s name from the register of Medical Council would arise only in the event of the Doctor being convicted by the Criminal Court” – Madras High Court. This was the observation made by the Madras High Court to the  Tamil Nadu Medical Council

Facts of the case :
Case of the Petitioner.
1. The Petitioner Doctor, , was running the Ultra Sound Clinic with all the due permissions under PCPNDT Act.

2. In February-2014, the concerned Authorities made visit to the Clinic and demanded various record for the period of 2012-2014. The Petitioner complied the same with necessary details and there was no further action on part of Appropriate Authority .

3. In May-2014, there was a surprise Inspection from the Concerned Authorities and after interaction with the staff and one patient, unilaterally without giving any opportunity to the Petitioner of being heard concluded erroneously that the said patient came for fetal sex determination and subsequent feticide.

4. It followed the action U/Sec/30(1) and machines were seized and scan room was sealed and registration granted to Scan center was also suspended and further criminal action under PCPNDT Act and MTP Act was initiated. The PEtitioner filed appeal before District AA, but its pending for more time than prescribed.

5. And later part is shocking !! The petitioner read a news item in ‘The Hindu’ Tamil Daily dated 16.02.2016 to the effect that his name has been removed from the register of Tamil Nadu Medical Council and he was debarred from his medical practice for a period of five years. He received the official letter to that effect, in which it was found that the order was passed on 17.02.2016 !!

6. The Petitioner was never given an opportunity of being heard and hence he approached Hon. High Court.

Held :

1. The Respondents supported all the orders.

2. In the instant case, though the charges have been framed against the petitioner still trial is pending. But, by way of impugned order, the 1st respondent has removed the name of the petitioner from the Tamil Nadu Medical Register, for a period of five years from 15.02.2016 or until further orders.

3.The question of removing the petitioner’s name for a period of five years from the medical register would arise only in the event of the petitioner being convicted by the Criminal Court.

4. The 1st respondent (i.e. Medical Council) can only suspend the registration of the petitioner till the disposal of the criminal case

The court observed

The question of removing the petitioner’s name for a period of five years from the medical register would arise only in the event of the petitioner being convicted by the Criminal Court. But, in the instant, only charges were framed by the criminal Court against the petitioner and trial is pending before the Criminal Court. Therefore, the 1st respondent can only suspend the registration of the petitioner till the disposal of the criminal case. Under such circumstance, I am of the opinion, the impugned order passed by the 1st respondent is not in accordance with the provisions under Section 23(2) of the PCPNDT Act

Indeed, the Doctor got a substantial relief. Nevertheless, the Criminal cases will be decided on its own merits.

Thanks and Regards

Adv. Rohit Erande
Pune.

You can read the full judgement by clicking on the following link

https://indiankanoon.org/doc/54443389/

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  1. These medical authorities who punish doctors are themselves diseased, having heavy mortality for cardiac & neurosurgeries. These forgiven doctors should not be allowed to judge other doctors. The PCPNDT act is an extension of the draconian medical termination of pregnancy act & should be put to referendum in IMA & Law colleges before acceptance by any court. Must congratulate the wisdom of the honourable Madras high court in negating the black order of the medical council,

  2. The PCPNDT Act is hevily loaded against the doctor. It needs to be simplified with core objectives and also implemented in a smarter manner to achieve the larger goal of altering sex ratio

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    Pratima Singh Thakur December 2, 2016, 3:22 pm

    Point of view of Dr is not taken . This seems to be a case of framing the doctor by inspection team for none of his fault.How can a doctor\’s licence is suspended without proving the charges. I am not satisfied with suspension order

  4. The court has done according to what is already there in the PCPNDT Act. This is not a favorable judgement and no relief has been achieved. We are against suspension of medical council registration on framing of charges also. Framing of charges is only a step in the criminal court proceedings. Nothing has been proved. Actual trial starts after framing of charges. WHY SHOULD MEDICAL COUNCIL REGISTRATION BE SUSPENDED ONLY ON FRAMING OF CHARGES? This is gross injustice to medical professionals.

  5. It is all known justice to hear both sides… just by the interaction it not fair on the authorities to remove name of the Doctor…

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