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The Crime Branch of the Mumbai Police on Thursday told the Bombay High Court that it will conclude investigation in the Dr Payal Tadvi suicide case within two weeks.
Appearing for the Crime Branch, Special Public Prosecutor Raja Thakare made the submission while opposing the appeal filed by the three accused doctors against the special court order rejecting their plea for bail.
Thakare told the Court that the investigation is in crucial stage and that it will be completed within two weeks. He said,
” [The] Accused doctors are not cooperating with the crime branch and we will conclude investigation in two weeks.“
A single judge bench of Justice SS Jadhav is hearing a bail application of accused doctors Hema Ahuja, Bhakti Mehare and Ankita Khandelwal arrested for allegedly abetting the suicide of Dr Payal Tadvi, their junior colleague at BYL Nair Hospital.
Earlier, Thakare had made similar submissions before the special court while opposing the bail pleas of the accused. At the time he had also submitted the latest case diary in the Court while arguing that the investigation in the case was at a crucial stage.
The High Court today also asked Thakare if the police had informed the Medical Council of India (MCI) and its state wing Medical Council of Maharashtra (MCM) about the case lodged against the three accused doctors.
When Thakare replied in the negative, Justice Jadhav remarked that police should have had informed the MCI and its state body as criminal cases have been filed against registered medical practitioners.
The matter will now be taken up next on July 16 by the High Court. The Court has also issued notice to various respondents in the matter, including the complainant i.e Dr Payal Tadvi’s mother.
On May 22, Dr. Payal Tadvi, postgraduate student at TN Topiwala National Medical College in Mumbai committed suicide by hanging herself in hostel room. Her family accused three senior doctors of harassment and caste discrimination.
Consequently, the accused were booked under Sections 34 and 306 of the Indian Penal Code, Section 67 of Information Technology Act, Section 3 of The Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and offences under the Maharashtra Prohibition of Ragging Act.
On June 24, a special court of additional judge PB Jadhav rejected the bail applications preferred by the three accused doctors. The special court had rejected the bail pleas on the ground that it was likely that the accused doctors would attempt to abscond or tamper with the evidence. The court also extended judicial custody of the accused till July 6.
Challenging the special court order, the three accused had moved Bombay High Court earlier this week seeking bail.
In the meanwhile, the Crime Branch of the Mumbai Police had also approached the Bombay High Court claiming that it did not get the opportunity to conduct its own probe in the case. In this light, it filed an application before the High Court seeking custody of the three accused senior doctors. In response, the High Court had granted partial custody of the accused to the Crime Branch.