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HC unhappy with Handia SHO?s action

india Updated: Nov 17, 2006 00:07 IST

THE ALLAHABAD High Court has taken serious view of the fact that an unauthorised medical practitioner (quack), against whom an FIR was lodged by a Health official,  was released by the SHO kotwali, Handia, Allahabad, on personal bond. 

Passing strong observations, Justice Sunil Ambwani directed the SSP to serve this order to Brijbhan Singh, the then SHO, as well as the circle officer, Handia, and directed them to appear before the court on November 27.

In pursuance to the direction of the court, the SSP reported to the court that inquiry has been handed over to the CO, Handia. A show cause notice was issued to Brijbhan Singh, the then SHO, to which he has not given his reply so far.

On this, the court directed the CO, Handia to complete the inquiry.

The court directed the SHO to show cause to this court as to why he should not be punished for contempt of court for releasing the quack on personal bond without producing him before the magistrate despite directions given by the court. The quack- Sukumar Vishwas, had been practising in this area for several years without any qualification and authority.

To recall, deputy chief medical officer, Allahabad, had lodged an FIR at kotwali, Handia, under section 419, 420, 467, 471 and section 15 (3)  of the Indian Medicine Act against alleged Sukumar Vishwas.

Though Vishwas was arrested but was later released by the Handia SHO on personal bond.