Dr Rahul Ghule manipulated the register number 32 so that NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal could be admitted to St George Hospital, Inspector General of Prisons Bipin Kumar Singh said in a press meet on Friday.
Only the jail superintendent and the CMO are authorised to make entries into the register. Singh said, “The jail CMO had stated that Bhujbal was scheduled for a dental OPD on April 18, but Ghule, who had no authority to make changes in the register, added medical OPD against his name. Ghule was present on the jail premises on Sunday, which was supposed to be his day off, and we believe it was then he had made changes in the register.”
Singh claimed that the doctor was also at the hospital, which he is not entitled to visit. “Only in critical situations, the doctors are expected to visit the hospital. No one knows why he went to the hospital that day,” he added.
To this, Ghule said, “After Bhujbal left the jail premises for the hospital, he got a call from the doctors claiming that he has high blood pressure, so I went to the hospital and check on the patient.”
Ghule was appointed as a CMO of Arthur Road on December 1, 2015, but was demoted as medical officer on March 11 the following year, after he registered a case against NCP leader Ramesh Nagnath Kadam.
“Kadam had given me death threatens and the jail superintendent Bharat Bhosale didn’t want me to register a case against him, but filed a complaint with the NM Joshi police station, which didn’t go down well with him and so I was demoted,” added Ghule.
The jail authorities have now repatriated him back to the public health department and have asked them to conduct an inquiry.
Ghule, however, refuted all allegations. “I never made any changes in the register. I happened to be there when Bhujbal was leaving for his check-up when he complained of illness. I filled up his form on humanitarian grounds and asked him to go for a medical check-up as well.”