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Dausa doctor suicide: Father-in-law moves Supreme Court, seeks CBI probe

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The father-in-law of a doctor who committed suicide in Dausa district of Rajsathan has moved the Supreme Court seeking a CBI probe into the death case of his daughter-in-law.

The petitioner Ashok Kumar Upadhyay sought directions for quashing of FIR registered at Police station Lalsot, District Dausa (Rajasthan) under Section 302 IPC, in which deceased Archana Sharma and her husband Suneet Upadhyay have been named.

The plea, filed by Advocate Avadh Bihari Kaushik, sought directions that no FIR be registered against any doctor merely on the allegations of the complainant and in any case, the FIR must not be registered against a doctor in an alleged medical negligence case without the prior permission and approval of a higher-ranked police officer, not below the rank of the Inspector General of Police of the area concerned.

The counsel alleged that the accused in the present case have political and police influence and are also having money and muscle power therefore, the petitioner is left with no faith in the State machinery to do justice to him.

In the petition, it was further alleged that high-ranked police officials were aware but didn’t move an inch to take action and are equally liable and responsible for the suicide committed by Dr Archana.

The petitioner said he does not believe in the police for fair investigation as he firmly believes that every effort to derail the investigation and to culminate the same in a ‘no fault of accused person’ will be made by the police who will never take action against their own people.

A plea had been filed by the Indian Medical Association (Dwarka) which sought directions for constituting a CBI inquiry into the circumstances which led to the unfortunate death of a young gynaecologist.

The petition also stated that such incidents in Dausa (Rajasthan) are quite common across the country and there are no regulations/policies/guidelines for the prevention of such unfortunate incidents

They called for an an urgent need to create a medico-legal cell at every police station across the country to look into medical negligence cases.

A pregnant woman died at a private hospital reportedly due to postpartum haemorrhage during childbirth and following protests by relatives of the deceased woman, a First Information Report (FIR) for murder under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code was filed by the state police at the Lalsot Police station against Dr Archana Sharma.

Dr Sharma could not bear the shame and allegedly died by hanging on March 29 inside a room of the hospital. Police said a suicide note was recovered from her room.

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