Retired surgeon has the last laugh after two decades of struggle

In the space of three years, he found himself in the middle of two medical negligence cases.

Published: 04th January 2021 01:28 AM  |   Last Updated: 04th January 2021 08:01 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: P K Sundara Raj, who was a leading orthopaedic surgeon at the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College Hospital, could have become the principal of the college, with  bright prospects in the private sector post retirement. But the doctor had to go all the way up to the Supreme Court during an 18-year-long legal battle to restore his service and pension rights as he found himself on the wrong side of then ruling party in the late 1990s.

Not only did Sundara Raj manage to get himself exonerated from the medical negligence charges slapped on him, but he could also get his  full service benefits restored. In a major blow to the last-ditch attempt by the state government, to delay the rulings of the High Court and Administrative Tribunal granting relief to Raj, the special leave petition was dismissed by the Supreme Court on the first day of admission, recently. 
“The court offered relief not just for me but also for several medical teachers who were wronged by  vested interests in the government,” said Raj. 

According to him,  his career nose-dived when the then ruling party bosses were irked by the medical care he provided to victims of political violence. “They came to the conclusion that I  attended to grievously injured patients owing to my reported allegiance to a particular party.  I was only discharging my duty in just the same way I took care of the victims of Perumon tragedy,” said Raj, who was then a deputy medical superintendent.

In the space of three years, he found himself in the middle of two medical negligence cases. Though he could prove his innocence finally in June 2002, he had barely one month of service left to become the head of the department. Still service benefits were denied to him though he was eligible for the post of professor since 1996. “I suffered a lot since I didn’t realise that I was a victim of political vendetta. There were even attempts to frame me in Vigilance cases to undermine my career,” said Raj.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp