Terming as “unfortunate” the instant bail granted to a doctor couple in the Beed abortion case, where a woman died during abortion at their hospital last month, a sessions court here has suggested that a CBI inquiry be conducted into the alleged role of an investigating officer.
“It’s unfortunate thing that the doctor couple got instant bail,” Ambejogai tehsil additional sessions judge-II R A Gaikwad said in his report, adding that the role of police inspector Ramrao Gadekar is under suspicion in the Beed abortion case and the matter should be investigated by the CBI. Judge Gaikwad has referred his report to the High Court for necessary action against the concern person, and also requested for an impartial investigation through Central Bureau of Investigate (CBI) in the case.
Earlier, the Maharashtra government had filed a complaint against Vijaymala’s husband Mahadev Patekar, who admitted her in Munde hospital in Parli in Beed district, for termination of pregnancy during her second trimester. The petition regarding Beed abortion the case was filed by Public Prosecutor A V Kulkarni. According to judge Gaikwad’s report, the main accused, Dr Sudam and his wife Sarswati Munde, “dramatically” got bail. Police inspector (PI) as well as investigating officer Ramrao Gadekar played a “dubious role” in making an application to the court to temporarily remove charges against them under Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act and PCPDNT act, the judge mentioned. Junior Magistrate First Class (JMFC) passed three orders on the same day – granting permission to delete above mention offences, sending both principal accused to judicial custody and eventually releasing them on bail, the judge said in his report. The doctor couple conducted the abortion of sugarcane worker Vijaymala Patekar, who died during the procedure in the Munde hospital on May 18. The accused couple got bail on May 19.