Tadvi case: judicial custody of accused extended

Probe at important stage: prosecutor

The City Civil and Sessions Court on Friday extended the judicial custody of three doctors from BYL Nair Hospital, arrested for allegedly abetting the suicide of resident doctor Payal Tadvi, by 14 days.

Dr. Hema Ahuja, Dr. Bhakti Mehare and Dr. Ankita Khandelwal, all third-year resident 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 pleas. They are currently lodged at Byculla jail. Additional sessions judge R.M. Sadrani will pass an order on the bail pleas on June 24.

On June 6, the Bombay High Court granted the Crime Branch partial custody of the three doctors.

On Friday, special public prosecutor Raja Thakare opposed their bail and said the fact that the accused were women and doctors should not be taken into consideration while deciding on their bail applications, as the one who committed suicide was also a woman and a doctor.

He said their custody was needed as the investigation was at an important stage.

The three 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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