Permission to book tainted doctor couple for culpable homicide
A local court today gave permission to police to book the doctor couple Sudam and Saraswati Munde under section 304 of IPC for culpable homicide of 30-year-old pregnant woman, who had died after abortion at their hospital.
The permission was given by Parli court's Judicial Magistrate First Class B B Kale, who also ordered non-bailable arrest warrant to be issued against the couple.
The victim, Vijaymala Mahadev Patekar, who worked as a sugarcane cutting labourer, died on May 18 due to haemorrhagic shock following second trimester abortion and heavy blood flow. The operation was conducted at the clinic run by Dr Sudam Munde and Dr Sarswati Munde in Parli tehsil.
Earlier, the doctor couple and woman's husband Mahadev Patekar had been charged under Section 304 A of the IPC, which amounts to causing death by negligence.
"Court has given permission to police to add section 304 of IPC and given order to issue non-bailable arrest warrant against them today," public prosecutor Atul Tandale said.
Parli city police inspector Ramrao Gadekar had submitted a report in the court saying the doctor couple was absconding and had sought permission to issue a non-bailable arrest warrant against the duo.
The court also gave judicial custody to victim's husband till June 6, Tandale added. According to Police sources, process was on to seize Dr Munde's property.