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Tadvi case: HC adjourns hearing of bail pleas

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Grants defence lawyer time to get 1,800-page charge sheet translated

The Bombay High Court on Tuesday adjourned for a week the hearing of the bail pleas filed by three doctors at BYL Nair Hospital who are accused of abetting the suicide of resident doctor Payal Tadvi on May 22.

A Single Bench of Justice D.S. Naidu was hearing an appeal filed by Dr. Hema Ahuja, Dr. Bhakti Mehare and Dr. Ankita Khandelwal, all third-year resident doctors, currently lodged at the Byculla prison for allegedly harassing and ragging Tadvi.

Advocate Aabad Ponda, appearing for the three, told the court that he needs time for the translation of the 1,800-page charge sheet which is filed in Marathi.

The court granted Mr. Ponda’s request.

The charge sheet contains a copy of the three-page suicide note allegedly written by Tadvi.

The three doctors were booked on May 23, a day after Tadvi killed herself in her hostel room on the hospital’s premises. They were sent to judicial custody on May 31 and subsequently filed their bail applications.

Their pleas were filed in the High Court on June 29 after the city civil and sessions court refused to grant them bail on June 24.

The doctors have been booked under Sections 306 (abetment of suicide) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the Indian Penal Code and sections of the Maharashtra Prohibition of Ragging Act and the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

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