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Pune car crash: Court remands two doctors, staffer of Sassoon hospital in police custody till May 30

Updated on: 27 May,2024 06:59 PM IST  |  Pune
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Earlier in the day, the police arrested Dr Ajay Taware, head of the state-run hospital's Forensic Medicine department and Dr Shrihari Halnor, the chief medical officer for alleged manipulation of blood samples and destruction of evidence in the case, an official had said. The third arrested person, Atul Ghatkamble, works under Dr Tawre

Pune car crash: Court remands two doctors, staffer of Sassoon hospital in police custody till May 30

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A Pune court remanded two doctors and an employee of Sassoon General Hospital in police custody till May 30, reported PTI. The three were arrested in connection with the Porsche crash that killed two.


The police produced the three in the court of Judicial Magistrate First Class (Small Causes) A A Pande and sought their custody for 10 days.


Earlier in the day, the police arrested Dr Ajay Taware, head of the state-run hospital's Forensic Medicine department and Dr Shrihari Halnor, the chief medical officer for alleged manipulation of blood samples and destruction of evidence in the case, an official had said.


The third arrested person, Atul Ghatkamble, works under Dr Tawre.

As per the PTI report, the police told the court that some financial transactions had taken place to change the blood samples and they needed to search the houses of the accused in connection with it.

The court then remanded the three in police custody till May 30.
Two IT professionals died after their motorcycle was hit by a speeding Porsche allegedly driven by a 17-year-old minor, son of realtor Vishal Agarwal, in the early hours of May 19. The police claim the teenager was drunk at the time.

According to the police, the juvenile's blood samples were thrown into a dustbin and replaced with the blood samples of another person on the instructions of Dr Taware.  

Pune car crash: Police say hospital staff switched accused's blood sample on doctors' directions

The Pune police have claimed that the blood sample of a 17-year-old teenager involved in a deadly car accident was destroyed and replaced on the orders of a doctor from Sassoon General Hospital.

At a news conference, Police Commissioner Amitesh Kumar stated that the juvenile's father offered Dr Ajay Taware, head of the Forensic Medicine department, inducements to replace his son's blood sample. This came after the teenager's Porsche collided with a motorbike in Kalyani Nagar on May 19, killing two IT professionals, reported PTI. 

Per the report, the authorities said that they believe the adolescent was intoxicated at the time of the Pune car crash and said that they have arrested Dr Ajay Taware and the hospital's chief medical officer Dr Shrihari Halnor in connection with the case. Kumar said that the inquiry revealed that the juvenile's blood sample was substituted with another person's sample. The boy's father allegedly approached Dr Taware to arrange the switch.

The senior police official told PTI that as a precaution, the police collected an additional blood sample for DNA testing, which revealed that the sample from Sassoon Hospital had been manipulated because the DNA did not match.

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