MCI Code of Ethics Regulation 7.5: Conviction by Court of Law
Dr K K Aggarwal, National President IMA
SC convicts docs for giving 'med asylum' to accused ex-MLA
Amit Anand Choudhary | TNN | Dec 22, 2016, 05.17 AM IST
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has convicted two senior doctors of a private hospital in Gurgaon for contempt of court for providing "medical asylum" to a former Haryana MLA who was allowed to be admitted in the hospital for 527 days without any ailment in order to frustrate the court's order to send him behind bars in a murder case.
A bench of Chief Justice TS Thakur and Justices R Banumathi and UU Lalit held that the doctors — Dr Munish Prabhakar and Dr K S Sachdev — and former MLA Balbir had tried to obstruct administration of justice as there was no medical reason to justify his admission in the hospital for such a prolonged period.
It directed them to be personally present in the court when it will decide the quantum of punishment for contempt of court.
Such incidents harm the image of the medical profession in the society. Giving false certificates, medical asylum, filing false Mediclaim forms all spoil the image of the profession. Both doctors are convicted.
Regulation 7.5 “Conviction by Court of Law: Conviction by a Court of Law for offences involving moral turpitude / Criminal acts”. Such conviction amounts to professional misconduct.