The Solapur-based psychiatrist,Dr Dilip Burte,Tuesday,filed his reply to the court notice in the case involving Maharasthra State Road Transport Corporation bus driver Santosh Mane. Mane had mowed down nine persons last year and was recently awarded death sentence by Additional Sessions Judge V K Shewale.
In the case,the doctor,as a defence witness,had claimed in the court that he had treated Mane for mental illness. The court however held that he had produced a false record to prove that Mane was mentally-ill when he took charge of the MSRTC bus and knocked down many people as he went on a road rampage. The court had issued a notice in this regard to Dr Burte.
In his reply to the court,Burte stated that he never intended to help the accused or provide entries in medical records with an intend to bring the case under Section 84 (act of a person of unsound mind) of IPC.
The disorder in record may be bona fide mistakes,but they cannot be termed as false or mala fide. I appeared in court because the court had summoned me. Considering the time gap between deposition and examination of patient,I am bound to forget something or commit mistake in the chronology of events. Giving admission by mistake does not mean I made statement to help the accused. I cant know about activities of patients once they leave my hospital, Burte stated.
Gutkha worth Rs 76,489 seized
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) seized gutkha worth Rs 76,849 after conducting raids at Shirur tehsil in Pune district. The raids were carried out at one Kamlesh Bora’s residence at Shirur after the FDA was tipped off that he had stored gutkha. Dilip Sangat of FDA said a complaint had been lodged at Shirur police station to the effect. According to Sangat,since the ban on gutkha in July 2012,FDA has slapped 21 complaints against offenders and seized gutkha worth Rs 1.82 crore. On May 3,gutkha worth Rs 60.6 lakh that was seized from three trucks on September 10,2012,will be disposed of and burnt at the Ramtekdi garbage depot to generate electricity.
His statement also said that whatever the shortcomings and irregularities are in the hospital records,they are not intentional. Several patients are taking treatment. It is difficult to maintain record very correctly for want of proper and timely assistance. However,no false entries are made in my hospital, he stated.