THE BRIHANMUMBAI Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Tuesday ordered an inquiry into whether there was any procedural lapse or irregularity in permitting a convict, Shekhar Chandrashekhar, to remain admitted in the civic-run Rajawadi Hospital in Ghatkopar for nearly four months.
At a meeting of the BMC’s health committee, elected corporators raised the issue and forced an adjournment after their demand for the suspension of chief of BMC-run peripheral hospitals Dr M Wadiwala and Superintendent of Rajawadi Hospital Dr Vidya Thakur was not met.
Kurla corporator Dr Saida Khan raised the issue and pointed out that the convict remained admitted even after he was declared fit by the civic hospital’s doctors.
She said as per accepted rules, criminals must be admitted only in state-run JJ Hospital for treatment. In this case, however, Chandrashekhar was admitted in Rajawadi Hospital where his discharge date was repeatedly extended due to alleged backache, chest pain and giddiness.
Khan also alleged possible involvement of doctors in the hospital to aid Chandrashekhar’s stay at the hospital.
According to BMC Director of Medical Education and Tertiary Hospitals Dr Avinash Supe, an inquiry will be ordered into the convict’s hospital admission.
“We have not yet decided who will head the probe. We cannot suspend our doctors before the inquiry is over,” said Supe.
Chandrashekhar was admitted to Rajawadi Hospital in December last year after he was first taken to JJ Hospital.
On April 23, Chandrashekhar was finally taken back to Arthur Road Jail.
In the health committee meeting, Wadiwala, who heads city’s peripheral hospitals, admitted that he was aware of Chandrashekhar’s admission while Supe claimed he was not aware until he read the newspaper reports.