A DOCTOR accused of disfiguring a patient yesterday stalled Medical Council proceedings for the third time by acquiring a judicial review - the first time one has been sought on council proceedings. Dr Kenneth Leung Kam-chung was to face possible prosecution by the council on charges of canvassing for patients and splitting fees with a Causeway Bay beauty salon. But the hearing, in which the council was to deliver its verdict, was suddenly cancelled after it received a High Court notice on Friday ordering Dr Leung be allowed leave to seek the review. The Tsim Sha Tsui doctor has refused to appear at the council's two previous inquiry meetings, saying in a letter it was 'groundless and futile'. The council heard Dr Leung performed liposuction on the legs of a woman to make her appear taller but left her with scarring and lumps. Dr Leung criticised the council in the letter for raising the allegations of canvassing and fee-splitting because the patient had complained only of poor treatment. The council heard the patient, kept anonymous by the committee, was escorted to Dr Leung's clinic by MTR after complaining to staff at Maggie Beauty Centre that 'height augmentation' treatment from them was unsuccessful. She then agreed to the operation, paying $20,000 to the parlour. The notice, signed by Mr Justice Sears, also prohibits the council from adjudicating upon the charges heard against the doctor during the case and announcing its decision. Council secretary Rupert Cheung Ming-bor, said it regretted the holdup and had asked that the review be heard as soon as possible. 'If a defendant is unhappy with council proceedings he has the right to go to the Court of Appeal,' Mr Cheung said. 'It is the first time for the council. But while the council respects the decision of the court, we have asked through the Attorney-General's Chambers for the review proceedings to be heard at the earliest possible opportunity, so as not to hold up present council proceedings.'