Investigations by the Saki Naka police revealed that Sushma had been going to the Rotunda centre as an egg or oocyte donor,and had visited the hospital in February 2009,October 2009 and possibly February 2010. Hospital records also indicated that Sushma was admitted there on August 8,2010,at 8.30 am and discharged the same day at 7.30 pm.
However,she did not return home that night and her family questioned Chaumal about her whereabouts. He asked them not to lodge a police complaint and said he would find her. On August 9,the family says,Chaumal informed them that Sushma had been found but was feeling unwell. She was taken to Rajawadi Hospital and brought home that night.
However,the next day,too,she complained of abdominal pain and was taken to the hospital again. On August 10,2010,Sushma died in hospital. Unaware that Sushma had been an egg donor,her family accused Chaumal of poisoning Sushma. On August 11,2010,Pramila filed a complaint against Chaumal.
Sanaullah Mustakin alias Shanu,Chaumals friend who allegedly helped him look for Sushma after she did not return home on August 8,2010,had allegedly accompanied Sushma to the Rotunda Centre and was a co-accused in the case. He was subsequently released on bail. He,too,filed a discharge plea in the High Court following the discharge granted to Chaumal. His lawyer Kaushik Mhatre said Shanus discharge plea has been admitted and was likely to be heard later this month.
Mhatre also argued that there was no evidence against his client and the police could suo motu invoke criminal charges against the hospital authority.
Sushmas post-mortem reports stated that there was an abrasion,four contusions and a blood clot in the head,plus six injection marks. The probable cause of death,certified by the doctor,was shock possibly due to such multiple injuries, the High Court had recorded. However,it noted,The histopathological report showed some congestion in ovaries and uterus.
Sushmas family denied receiving money from egg donation,though the police said she was paid Rs 25,000 each time. While Pramila is a housewife,her husband Anilkumar (49) drives a taxi. Sushma earned Rs 4,500 per month at the scrap depot.
The third of five siblings,she dropped out of school after eighth standard. She started working to financially support the education of her younger brothers, Pramila said.
Dr Allahbadia is a leading infertility specialist. He was recently elected as the vice-president of the World Association of Reproductive Medicine (WARM) headquartered in Rome,Italy. He was also member of the drafting committee of the Assisted Reproductive Technologies (Regulation) Bill,2010 that is yet to be tabled in Parliament.