Indian-origin doctor accused of performing unnecessary surgery

aaAn Indian-origin doctor in the UK is facing allegations of performing an unnecessary surgery on a woman that amounted to suspected female genital mutilation (FGM), a procedure illegal in the country.

Dr Sureshkumar Pandya, who appeared before a General Medical Council (GMC) hearing in Manchester, is also accused of not having practised gynaecology since 1994.

A Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service notice said: “The panel will inquire into the allegation that Dr Pandya undertook a surgical procedure on a female patient’s genital area, the result of which was equivalent to female genital mutilation.”

“It is also alleged that Dr Pandya’s record keeping did not meet the required standards.” According to the ‘International Business Times’, the hearing is scheduled to last until April 11 when Pandya faces being struck off. Pandya performed a labia reduction on the woman, referred only as A, on March 8, 2012.

The National Health Service defines FGM as procedures that intentionally alter or cause injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. The procedure is illegal in the UK.


Moot court competition won by Jodhpur National Law University

lawMoot competition which was organised by in the DU’s Campus Law Center has been won by The National Law University (NLU), Jodhpur today.

The three-day-long competition saw participation from as many as 54 different universities and institutions of India as well as of the UK, the US, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

The NLU, Jodhpur bagged the first award and the North Umbria University of England was declared the runners up, it said, adding that the prizes were given by Supreme Court judge Justice S S Nijjar.

The final round of the competition on the topic ‘Narcotics trial by media and defence entrapment’ was judged by three sitting judges of the Delhi High Court, justices Reva Khetrapal, Manmohan and Indermeet Kaur.
The prize for the best speaker was bagged by a student of National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata.

The competition is held every year since 2005 in memory of K K Luthra, a renowned Delhi-based criminal lawyer.

Earlier, Supreme Court judge Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai had inaugurated the competition.

Businessman gets bail in CWG Queen’s Baton scam

A businessman Ashish Patel who is based in UK, is an accused in a case of alleged financial bungling during the 2009 Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) in London, ahead of the games here, today appeared in a Delhi court which granted him bail.

Special CBI Judge Talwant Singh granted bail to Patel, whose two firms, A M Car and Van Hire Ltd and A M Films, are also accused in the corruption case, on a personal bond of Rs five lakh with one surety of same amount.

Patel, in his bail plea, said he has always cooperated with the CBI during investigation of the case and the charge sheet has already been filed and there is no likelihood that he will abscond or tamper with the evidence.

The CBI, which opposed his bail, said Patel is one of the main conspirators and may influence the witnesses and tamper with the evidence.

The court, however, granted him the relief observing that all other accused in the case are already out on bail.

“Since other accused are also on bail and charge sheet has been filed and the accused has cooperated in the investigation, accused Ashish Patel is granted bail on a personal bond of Rs five lakh and one surety of like amount,” the judge said.

The judge directed Patel to file an undertaking that he shall appear before it on each and every date of hearing and will not influence the witnesses or tamper with evidence and posted the matter for further proceedings on January 15.

Apart from Patel and his two firms, three former CWG Organising Committee (OC) officials – Joint Director General T S Darbari, Deputy Director General Sanjay Mahendroo and Treasurer M Jaychandran are also named in the case.

The CBI had alleged that OC members had conspired to award contracts for local transportation and other services to Patel’s firms at exorbitant rates during the 2009 QBR event held in London.

The former OC officials have been booked for alleged irregularities in payments made to the UK-based firm A M Car and Van Hire Ltd for transportation services during the QBR.

While A M Films was awarded the work of installing three video screens near Buckingham Palace during the event, A M Cars was given the contract for providing logistics, According to the CBI.

The accused have been booked for various offences under the IPC, including those of criminal conspiracy, cheating and forgery besides the violations of the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

The court had issued summonses to the accused after taking cognisance of the charge sheet filed against them.

The CBI had lodged two separate cases against the ex-OC officials but had filed a combined charge sheet in the court.

Darbari, Mahendroo and Jaychandran were earlier arrested in 2010 but were released on bail as the CBI had not been able to file the charge sheet within the statutory time limit of 60 days after the arrest of the accused in corruption cases.