Dr. Payal Tadvi Suicide Case: Bombay High Court to hear bail pleas of the accused on Thursday

In the meantime, Mumbai Police's Crime Branch has filed a 1203-page chargesheet in three volumes against the three doctors booked for alleged abetment of suicide of Dr. Payal Tadvi

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Bombay High Court on Tuesday agreed to hear the bail plea of the three accused doctors on June 25, in connection with Dr Payal Tadvi suicide case. The three female doctors are accused of abetment of suicide of their junior colleague. The court said it needed to take certain factors into consideration before making a decision.

“When it comes to regular bail [once chargesheet is filed], three factors need to be considered,” the bench said. “First, if the accused persons will flee or abscond. Second, if they will tamper with the evidence or witnesses. And third, if the accused will cause harm to society in general.”

Special Public Prosecutor Raja Thakare, who is representing Mumbai Police Crime Branch, told the court that the chargesheet will be presented before a special court either on Tuesday or on Wednesday. Alongside, the lawyer representing the three doctors, Aabad Ponda, said that if the investigation was over, the accused were not required to be in jail.

Meanwhile, the Crime Branch has also filed a 1203-page chargesheet in three volumes against the three doctors booked for the alleged abetment of suicide and caste-based discrimination of their junior Dr. Payal Tadvi.

The three accused, Dr. Hema Ahuja, Dr. Bhakti Mehare, and Dr. Ankita Khandelwal are named by the police in the chargesheet who have claimed that they have committed offences under the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, Maharashtra Prohibition of Ragging Act, Information Technology Act and abetment of suicide, destruction of evidence and common intent under the Indian Penal Code.

To back their charges, the police has attached statements from around 180 witnesses along with the suicide note that was retrieved from Payal’s mobile phone.

The three doctors of BYL Nair Hospital were arrested on May 29, seven days after Tadvi committed suicide after allegedly facing casteist abuse from them at the Topiwala National Medical College in Mumbai, where she worked.

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