The Delhi Police are waiting for the report of a team of psychologists and neurologists to give a clean chit to AIIMS resident doctor, who has been accused of molesting an eight-year-old boy being treated for brain tumour.
On February 3, 29-year-old Dr Shejoy Joshua was terminated following the report of an eight-member internal committee of the hospital. “The actions of the accused amount to conduct unbecoming of a medical doctor at the institute,” read his dismissal order.
The accused has been strenuously appealing to the hospital authorities for a review since the termination order was issued. His latest appeal was filed on February 21 and he is still waiting to hear from them.
According to sources, who are part of the investigation team, the doctor didn’t show any signs of a man who could have molested a child during his psychological examination.
“In this case, we are largely depending on the report of doctors. A team of neurologists and psychologists besides an NGO, are assisting. The accused doctor hasn’t shown any signs of a man who could stoop so low,” a police officer said.
It is not a case, where we need to interrogate the accused. Reports from various agencies will decide the fate of the case, but we will not proceed further if there is no evidence against the doctor, he added.
Police said if the report of experts clears the name of the doctor, then the child’s father will be questioned in order to know the motive behind the allegations. “We cannot examine the child for long as he had undergone operation. We interacted with him once along with a team of doctors. He seems to be telling us what was told to him,” the officer added.
The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), on the other hand, is not ready to soften its stand in the case. “No matter what the police say, our action remains the same. He was terminated on account of his conduct and that stays,” AIIMS director, Dr RC Deka said.
“If the institute doesn’t take me back then I’ll have no other option but to go to the court,” said Joshua.