Payal Tadvi case: Police say accused doctors destroyed victim’s suicide note
The report said that the deceased doctor seemed to have taken pictures of her suicide note and stored them in her mobile phones.
Mumbai: With each passing day, there have been new revelations in the Dr Payal Tadvi suicide case. Now, Mumbai Police have claimed that the accused doctors had destroyed the suicide note of the postgraduate medical student after she died.
The 26-year-old doctor allegedly committed suicide in her hostel room at BYL Nair Hospital and Medical College in Mumbai on May 22 after her seniors hurled casteist slurs at her.
According to a report in Times of India, the three-page suicide note of Dr Payal Tadvi is missing, but the forensic experts have managed to retrieve the files from Payal Tadvi’s cell phone.
Quoting sources, the report said that the deceased doctor seemed to have taken pictures of her suicide note and stored them in her mobile phones. The three accused doctors were among the first who reached Dr Tadvi’s room after her suicide and allegedly deleted the images from her phone.
On June 24, a special court in Mumbai had rejected the bail pleas of three accused doctors arrested on May 29. The judge while rejecting the bail plea argued that the release of the accused would adversely affect the probe. The court also said that prima-facie the accused tried to destroy evidence in the case.
The accused doctors – Hema Ahuja, Ankita Khandelwal and Bhakti Mehre – who were booked by Mumbai police under SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act, charges of abetment to suicide opposed the court’s order.
Earlier, the post-mortem report of Tadvi’s death released on May 5 revealed ligature mark on the victim’s neck. The case was handed over to Crime Branch from Agripada Police station on May 30.
The report further said that Dr Tadvi’s suicide note explains details of the harassment by the accused women doctors over a period of one year. Tadvi in her suicide note allegedly wrote that the accused doctors made her do the extra work as punishment and always taunted her about her caste.
The police have submitted a confidential report to the Bombay High Court citing details of the investigation. The police are also likely to invoke additional charges against the doctors under Section 201 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) for the destruction of evidence.
On June 11, a Mumbai court has ordered an in-camera proceeding in the case. The court invoked Article 15 of the Constitution in ordering the in-camera proceeding.
Courtesy: Times Now News