& Res.Centre L.& ANR. Vs. Sanjeev Duggal & Ors.  INSC 1055 (8
JURISDICTION CIVIL APPEAL NO.3683 OF 2008 Kailash Hospital and Research Centre
Ltd. and Anr. ... Appellant(s) Versus Sanjeev Duggal and Ors. ... Respondent(s)
ORDER Heard learned counsel appearing on behalf of the appellants.
By the impugned
order, the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (for short,
"the Commission"), while awarding compensation of Rs.2,50,000/- along
with damages of Rs.25,000/- and costs of Rs.10,000/- to the respondents in a
case of medical negligence, gave the following directions :
"A copy of this
order be sent to U.P. State Medical Council and Chief Secretary, Government of
U.P. for enquiry and further action, to see if such a Hospital, i.e., 1st OP,
and the Second OP, still should be there where they are, i.e., whether they
should continue to be registered by the respective Registering Authority, for
if they are allowed to continue to be there, in our view, they may be causing
more harm than good to the Society/ patients, if they are allowed to continue
to work in such a dishonest manner."
Ramachandran, learned senior counsel for the appellants submitted that his
clients are not pressing their challenge to the award of compensation, damages
and costs, but the direction given to the State Medical Council and Government
of U.P. to take action against them may be set aside because a solitary
instance of the alleged medical negligence cannot justify closure of the
In our opinion, the
award of compensation etc., made by the Commission does not suffer from any
legal error warranting interference by this Court, but, at the same time, we
are convinced that the Commission was not at all justified in giving the
direction extracted hereinabove. It appears that the said direction was given
by the Commission out of sheer anguish and not on consideration of any sound
Ordinarily, we would
have issued notice to the respondents, but in the facts and circumstances of
the case, we do not propose to adopt that course because the respondents will
be put to unnecessary cost of litigation without any justifiable reason.
appeal is allowed in part and the direction given by the Commission to the
State Medical Council and Government of U.P. to take action against the
appellants is set aside.
However, liberty is
given to the respondents, in case they are so advised, to move this Court for
recall/modification of this order.
Delhi, July 08, 2008.