A 38-year-old former chief medical officer (CMO) from the Vasai-Virar Municipal Corporation (VVMC) hospital was arrested by the Waliv police on Tuesday for raping and blackmailing a doctor for nearly a year. According to the police, CMO Dr Sunil Wadkar met the survivor in 2013, after she was recruited as a doctor in the same government hospital.
“When the woman was selected for the doctor’s post, CMO Dr Sunil Wadkar was assigned to train her. During the course of this training, Wadkar took her out for dinner once to a restaurant on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway, where he had secretly booked a room.
“He convinced the trainee doctor that it would be best to dine comfortably in the room, since people were consuming alcohol at the restaurant,” an official from Waliv police station said. Having successfully lured her to the room, Wadkar forced himself on her, recorded the act on his cellphone and also clicked photographs.
He threatened to make the video and the photos public if the doctor refused to continue sleeping with him. He continued to blackmail her like this for nearly a year. Refusing to take the blackmail anymore, the survivor finally filed a complaint with the Waliv police on Sunday.
Wadkar, who had resigned as CMO and set up his own clinic in Vasai last year, was arrested on Tuesday night. Police officials said he was produced in court yesterday and he was remanded in police custody for two days.
Assistant Police Inspector Puri of the Waliv police said, “The accused has, so far, been booked on rape charges. But, if we find any video clips, we will charge him under more sections.”