SC asks state if Tadvi case accused can join BMC, state hosp
Mumbai: Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the state to appraise it if three doctors accused of abetting the suicide of their junior, Dr Payal Tadvi (26), can join any BMC or state hospital. Hema Ahuja (29), Bhakti Mehare (27) and Ankita Khandelwal (28) had moved court seeking to resume post-graduate degree in gynaecology and obstetrics.
“The state will also inform court if in the facts and circumstances of the case, migration of petitioners could be permitted to any hospital attached to Mumbai Municipal Corporation or state or nursing centre of the concerned hospitals,” the court said.
Medical Council of India said migration was not permissible. MCI’s advocate Gaurav Sharma said in instances cited by petitioners, a Haryana college was shut so all students were accommodated in different colleges. In the second case involving ESI-PGIMSR College, Andheri, there was a fire there, leading to students being temporarily shifted to another institution.
“To say that they should not even be allowed to migrate, we would not like that kind of a submission from the complainant,” the court said.
Payal’s mother, Abeda, objected to their pleas to resume studies. Her counsel, senior advocate Indira Jaising, submitted that since regulations were clear that no migration would be permissible, the court ought not to pass orders on that plea.
Pointing out that police had recorded statements of more than 250 witnesses, the court also directed the state to appraise it about status and stage of trial.
It also directed that BYL Nair Hospital be made party to the petition through its director. The accused, studying there at the time of the incident, completed two of their three-year degree course.
Tadvi had hanged herself in her hostel room on May 22, 2019. Ahuja, Mehare and Khandelwal were accused of ragging, torturing and harassing her because of her caste she belonged to the scheduled tribe Tadvi Bhil. They were arrested few days after the suicide and granted bail by Bombay HC on August 9 last year. Among the conditions, HC directed them not to enter the college. Their subsequent plea seeking relaxation of conditions and resuming studies at the same institute or another, were rejected by HC.
Courtesy : TNN