The Bombay High Court Thursday initiated suo motu action following an indefinite strike called by about 4,000 doctors in the state to protest against the alleged assault of a resident doctor in a Solapur civil hospital by three policemen.
The court impleaded the additional chief secretary (home),the Solapur commissioner of police,the officer in-charge of the station concerned,the policemen who allegedly assaulted the doctor and the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors president and asked additional public prosecutor Prajakta Shinde to ensure that the parties are present before the court. A bench headed by Chief Justice Mohit Shah will hear the PIL Friday.
Additional chief secretary (Home) Amitabh Rajan said,We have taken serious note of the incident and the police officers concerned have been suspended.
Dr Manish Girgaon, president of Medical Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) at Nair Hospital,however,said,The officers may be reinstated later. We want them to be arrested.
Girgaon added,We will not withdraw the strike until we get justice.
Under the provisions of the Maharashtra Medicare Service Persons and Medicare Service Institutions (Prevention of Violence and Damage of Property) Act,2010 attack on a doctor is a non-bailable offence that attracts imprisonment of up to three years.
Solapur Police Commissioner Pradip Raskar said,The officers were requesting the doctor to perform his duty by tending to a woman who was in labour. They were not a hindrance to his duty. They have been suspended and that is (a) harsh action.