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EARLIER you read that 24 illegal doctors are practicing in Bombay Hospital. Now number has increased. One more (25th) doctor Murarilal Saraf alas ML also practiced for 40 years illegally in Bombay Hospital. Not enough, Saraf also practiced with Navy-run hospital illegally and still practicing in Bombay Port Trust (BPT) hospital illegally.

On August 16, 2014 ABI (abinet.org) has published an article under headline “24 unregistered doctors are practising in Birla’s Bombay Hospital!”

On December 28, 2013, Geetika Ghosh (73) fell in her home at native place in Kolkata. She was admitted in Columbia Asia Hospital in Kolkata. After treating her fractured femur (thigh) bone for six days, on January 2, 2013 she was brought to Mumbai and was admitted in Bombay Hospital. She died during treatment in the Hospital on January 21, 2013. Dr Saraf was leading to the doctor’s team.

Now further, this expose came to light through a Right to Information (RTI) query by Geetika Ghosh’s daughter Nandini Sachde. In November 2013 Nandini filed a RTI and found that Orthopaedician Dr Murarilal Saraf practiced for 40 years in Bombay Hospital illegally. The first time Saraf was registered with Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC-vide registration No 27723) on December 3, 1971 as a MBBS for post graduation (PG). As per MMC rule doctors should renew his license per five years but Saraf had not renewed his registration. Also Saraf passed out MS (Master of Surgery) in 1974 he has not registered himself for post graduation with MMC which is mandatory.  Later in 1989 the council has removed his name from the MMC register as never bothered to renew his registration.

Double registrations

To save his skin and avoid to legal actions Saraf adopted another route to register himself. On October 7, 2013 Saraf applied for fresh registration under Amnesty scheme. However, MMC on October 8, 2013 issued fresh registration certificate (registration No 2013/10/3157) to him.

Remember, the Amnesty Scheme is only for revenue generation not for registration. So Saraf’s this registration also comes under illegal. Strangely, it was learnt that MMC had given fresh registration number under amnesty scheme inspite there being a pending complaint before the MMC itself. Apart from case pending before MMC, there was a criminal proceeding pending against Saraf, the copies of which were very much in the custody of MMC. No doctor can be granted registration under the Amnesty Scheme if any complaint or proceeding is pending against him.

“Strangely Dr M L Saraf is the only in the whole of the state to have been given the benefit of this Amnesty Scheme in order to grant new registration number,” said Nandini.

 Serial cheater

Saraf is serial cheater to the government. He cheated not only Bombay Hospital but also KEM Hospital, Navy Hospital and also Bombay Port Trust (BPT) hospital.

The documents shows Saraf practiced first at the BMC-run KEM Hospital- cum-medical-college at Parel since 1975 to 2005, as surgeon.

Cheated to Navy

Saraf’s letter head (available with ABI) shows that he practiced since 1992 to 1995 and 2003 to 2006 as honorary with Navy-run-Ashwini hospital at Colaba.

Cheated to BPT

He also joined BPT hospital in 2001 and still is continuing till date. The BPT administration has complained to Wadala police to register FIR against Saraf. The police has issued letter to Saraf and also recorded statement of Nandini.

Nandini has complained to Medical Council of India (MCI) against Saraf. She also met MCI president in New Delhi on July 26. He assured for action on Saraf.

“Kishor Tawari is protecting to Saraf like a son. I will register FIR against him soon,” said Nandini.

Professional Negligence

Nandini witnessed the negligence of doctors. She complained to several authorities against these doctors. A panel of four doctors from the Department of Traumatology and Orthopaedic Surgery, Sir J J Group of Hospitals found that there had been professional negligence in Geetika’s death. ABI is in possession of documents.

FIR registered

On basis of that report (copy available with ABI) on October 19, 2013 Azad Maidan police registered FIR (copy available with ABI) under sections 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 201 (giving false information), 420 (cheating), 467 (forging of documents), 468 (Forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (fraudulent use of documents), and 109 (abetment) of IPC against Dr M L Saraf, Dr P L Tiwari, Dr Parikh, Dr N Bharucha and Dr Borges.

When contacted MMC president Dr Kishor Tawari said, “I don’t remember the case. I don’t know who is this Murari. ? I don’t know the lady. Anyone have right to go anywhere. I never work in pressure. The god is with me.”

Despite repeated attempts Dr Sagar Sakle, Spokesperson Bombay Hospital was not available for comment. All time he disconnected our phone calls.

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