Dr TP Lahane
Dr TP Lahane

Mumbai Sessions court on Saturday framed charges against JJ Hospital's dean, Dr TP Lahane, in a case where he was accused of allegedly abusing a sweeper. In February 2014, an FIR was lodged against him after a Class IV sweeper employed at the hospital alleged that Lahane had hurled a "casteist slur" at him. In March this year, the complainant, Naresh Narayan Waghela, had approached the Sessions Court wanting to withdraw the case. He was asked to file an application.

On Saturday, the court did not accept his application and went on to file charges against Lahane. The court charged Lahane with 3 (1) (X) (any person not a member of SC/ST intentionally insults person of SC/ST on his caste in a public place/view), of SC/ST old enactment. According to Lahane's lawyer, Swapna Kode, he did not plead guilty. The court announced that the trial would begin at the next hearing.