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Medical panel plea

New Delhi, Oct. 11: The Medical Council of India today sought three more weeks to file an affidavit in the Supreme Court indicating rules or steps available to punish errant doctors in cases of medical negligence.

A letter to this effect was circulated in the apex court today by the councilís advocate, Maninder Singh, though the bench of Justices Ruma Pal and Ashok Bhan, which is hearing the matter, did not sit after one of the judges was taken ill.

In response to a PIL filed by Malay Ganguly, brother in-law of NRI doctor Kunal Saha whose wife died due to alleged medical negligence by doctors in Calcutta, the Supreme Court had directed the council to reply to a statement detailing the status of medical negligence cases and the procedure for removal of an errant doctorís name from the council register. In its September 27 order, the court had asked the council to file a reply in two weeks.

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