A magestrial court on Wednesday remanded Sushma Kothari,who was arrested by Vishrambaug police for practising as a doctor without registering with the Medical Council of India,in four-day police custody.
The police are now investigating how Kothari managed to get a doctorate in cosmetics from a Sri Lankan university without even visiting the country.
Kothari,52,a resident of Baner,who practised at a clinic in Sadashiv Peth,was arrested by police on Tuesday after a sessions court rejected her appeal for an anticipatory bail.
The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) had lodged a complaint in June after Narendra Dabholkar,the slain activist, had approached the district administration with a complaint against her. A complaint was registered at Vishrambaug police station. Dabholkar had complained to District Collector Vikas Deshmukh about Kothari as she had been claiming to treat incurable diseases by suspicious methods.
Public prosecutor Supriya More sought her police custody to interrogate how she managed to get PhD in cosmetics from a Sri Lankan university. We need to find out who all helped her and if there are any accomplices, said More.
The case against Kothari was registered under various sections of the Medical Practitioners Act. The court of Additional Sessions Judge S V Mane had earlier rejected Kotharis anticipatory bail plea. She had made another plea asking for relief till she made an appeal in the High Court. However,the application was rejected and she was arrested.