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Rahul case: Police may quiz Apollo CEO

Police have gathered evidence suggesting that the hospital admn didn't act as per rules, reports Sobhana K.

india Updated: Jun 14, 2006 11:12 IST
Sobhana K

Apollo CEO Pratap Reddy and administrator Raji Chandru may soon have to answer some uncomfortable questions from the police in the Rahul Mahajan case.

After registering an FIR against the hospital's doctors and management last week for misleading them, the police have gathered evidence that suggests that Reddy and Chandru did not act as required by the rules.

The phone records of Harish Sharma, PA of the late Pramod Mahajan, have revealed that he had called Chandru in the early hours of June 2 after he came to know of Rahul’s condition. Sharma told her that Rahul and Vivek Moitra would be brought to the hospital any time. “He explained the situation to Chandru and asked her to ensure that the incident was not leaked out,” said a senior police officer.

Chandru’s phone records show she had called Reddy at 3.30 a.m. and informed him about the matter.  

A few minutes later, Reddy sent her an SMS. Chandru then went to the hospital to oversee Rahul's treatment by 4 a.m.

The police will soon be calling Chandru and Reddy for interrogation. They want to know why the two did not inform the police immediately. "If the hospital administrator could call the CEO at such an odd hour, she could have also called the police. She knew very well that it was a medico-legal case," said the police officer.

The hospital authorities waited for two hours and then instead of dialling 100 called up the Tuglaq Road police station. They will also be asked why the police was not allowed to talk to Rahul even when he was fit for giving his statement. The fudging of Rahul's medical reports will also be raised.

On June 3, Dr Anupam Sibal, medical director, Apollo, had declared that Rahul's samples had tested negative for all 'identifiable drugs'. The same set of samples, when sent to Dr Lal Path Labs for quantitative analysis, showed Rahul's urine samples contained drugs.

A hospital spokesperson said they were yet to receive any police summon.