Dr. Payal Tadvi Suicide Case: Crime Branch to continue investigation but denied custody of the accused

The police now intends to confront the accused with CCTV footage in which they are allegedly seen loitering near Dr. Payal Tadvi’s room after she committed suicide on May 22

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After receiving a clearance from the Bombay High Court on June 6, Thursday, to interrogate the three doctors arrested in the Payal Tadvi suicide case, Mumbai Police Crime Branch now intends to confront the accused with CCTV footage in which they are allegedly seen loitering near Tadvi’s room after she committed suicide on May 22.

Special Public Prosecutor Raja Thakare told the High Court that there were some matters emerging from the CCTV footage which needed to be investigated.

The three accused doctors have been booked for alleged abetment of suicide of 26-year-old Dr. Payal Tadvi, who belonged to the Tadvi Bhil community. They were also booked under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and Maharashtra Prohibition of Ragging Act. However, the three doctors have denied the charge of caste-based harassment.

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Meanwhile, the police have claimed that it can be seen in the CCTV footage, two of the accused - Dr. Hema Ahuja and Dr. Bhakti Mehare - can be purportedly seen loitering around the victim's room. The police further added that the accused might have gone inside the victim's room after she was rushed to the hospital and therefore, the officers want to check if there was an attempt to destroy evidence. 

In the High Court, the Crime Branch also reiterated its request for custody of the accused, after a trial court had last week rejected its plea.

However, advocates Aabad Ponda and Shailesh Kharat, representing the three accused, objected to request for police custody. After which, Justice S S Shinde rejected the plea seeking further custody but allowed them to interrogate the accused for a few hours every day till Sunday.

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