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Supreme Court issues notice to Mamata over naming of ‘ignorant’ doctor as chief health advisor

New Delhi, Oct 19 (PTI): The Supreme Court on Friday issued notice to West Bengal’s Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on the appointment of Dr Sukumar Mukherjee, a professional criticised by the apex court earlier in another case, as chief health advisor to the state government.

A bench of justices R M Lodha and A R Dave, taking exception to the fact that the Calcutta High Court had declined to cite the Chief Minister, issued notice to Mamata seeking her reply on why she should not be made party in the case challenging the appointment of Mukherjee.

“It was surely abnormal procedure adopted by the Calcutta High Court. She should have been issued notice and she should be heard before deleting her name from the list of parties,” the bench said.        

The bench further clarified that it is issuing notice to Mamata Banerjee only as to why she should not remain one of the respondents in the case filed in high court.

The bench passed the order on a petition filed by non-resident Indian doctor Kunal Saha against the high court's order which had refused to issue notice to Mamata Banerjee on his plea challenging the appointment of Dr. Sukumar Mukherjee.

Dr. Saha had contended in his petition that Dr. Mukherjee's appointment was wrong, as the doctor was severely criticised by the apex court which had said that “he is ignorant”.

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