New Delhi, Jan 12 (JNN): The Delhi bug controversy triggered by Richard Horton, the editor of The Lancet, cautioned him for not repeating such act and he apologised for it.

He had named the drug resistant superbug New Delhi Metallo Beta Lactamase-I (NDM-1) after India's capital city.

Accepting it as "big mistake", Richard Horton, added "it was an error of judgement" on their part to allow the article get published with the name NDM-1 as "we didn't think of its implications for which I sincerely apologise."

The journal quoted him saying that now he learnt to be more careful with new inventions, discoveries or conditions named after a particular country or city.

The move was followed by various reactions from the Indian medical fraternity.

Reacting to Horton's comments, director-general of the Indian Council of medical Research Dr V M Katoch said, "It was unfair to name a superbug—organisms that grow in nature in every country—after India without any evidence that it originated here."

Dr Ajay Kumar, member of World Medical Association, said, “It has been done deliberately and damage was done already… And he gave lame excuses for the act. However, I am really glad that he apologised.”

The Union Health Ministry had strongly lodged a complaint against naming it after New Delhi saying it was a ploy to put a stop to and "defame India's growing medical tourism industry".