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Doctor threatens legal action over black money slur

A renowned doctor from the city who has been maligned by a section of people as “black money hoarder” and hence was arrested ever since the Centre’s declaration of demonetisation of old currency notes, finally decided to take legal action to put an end to what he termed as an “obnoxious” incident.

Having found no option to withstand the repeated incidents of spreading canards against him, Dr Tapan Jyoti Banerjee, a top surgeon from the city has decided to take legal pursuit to get rid of the incident. The rumour had so strongly affected his personal life that the doctor had to upload his picture of joining a seminar at SSKM Hospital in a social networking site recently. 

Following demonetisation and note ban, some people started spreading the rumour that the Income Tax department has arrested Dr Banerjee after they recovered around Rs 80 crore from his possession. It has been told that the doctor failed to provide any satisfactory answer on the source of the huge amount of money.

Interestingly, amidst the rumour which was doing rounds among a section of people, Dr Banerjee continued attending patients at various hospitals in the city and outskirts. 

The victim doctor, originally from Barasat in North 24 Parganas got flooded with telephone calls from his near and dear ones following the incident. The embarrassment did not stop for the well known surgeon as his family members started receiving phone calls from their relatives. 

To put an end to the rumours, the perturbed doctor a few days ago, uploaded his picture of him attending an international seminar of doctors at SSKM in social networking site.

Despite of all his efforts the rumours continued to haunt him and his family members. As a result of this, he is now consulting his lawyers to get rid of this nuisance. Dr Banerjee is not the only victim whose image has been tarnished in this manner. 

Rumours have been spread against many other doctors from the state. Rumours were also spread that IT department seized crore of rupees from a Siliguri based neurosurgeon. A rumour was spread that a Siliguri based gynaecologist from Siliguri died thinking over how to hide huge amount of ‘black money’ he had illegally hoarded. His family members also had a harrowing experience.

Chief Whip of Trinamool Congress in the Assembly, Nirmal Ghosh who is also an MLA from North 24 Parganas blamed the Centre for this. He said: “Some people were spreading rumours about some renowned doctors following the Centre’s anti people policy. It would affect the society if it continues like this.” 

A senior official of the Indian Medical Association criticised the way the doctors have been harassed and said that they would organise a protest movement if the incidents go unchecked.
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