A 32-year-old casualty medical officer of KEM hospital, who was arrested on Saturday for allegedly molesting a patient, was granted bail by the holiday magistrate’s court at Bhoiwada on Sunday.
Dr Dhiraj Dongre was released on a cash bail of Rs 7,000, Senior Inspector Vikram Patil of Bhoiwada police station said. Dongre has been employed with the hospital for two years.
Following complaint by a 26-year-old housewife, the Bhoiwada police had arrested Dongre around 10 pm on Saturday.
The victim, who was suffering from stomach pain, came to the hospital around 8.45 pm on Saturday. When she went inside the ward, Dongre, who was on night duty at the ward, drew the curtains behind her and told the nurse to fetch the hand gloves. He then molested her, the Parel resident alleged.
“Two days before this, the patient had come to the casualty ward of the hospital with a complaint of stomach pain. Dongre was the casualty officer then too. When the problem re-surfaced on Saturday, she came to the hospital again,” Patil said.
The staffers at the hospital said Dongre was a nuisance to the hospital.
“Few months ago, several medical officers had submitted a written complaint against Dongre to Dr Sanjay Oak, the dean of the hospital. They had complained of his high-handed behaviour and of his irregularity at work,” said a staffer of the hospital, requesting anonymity.
“However, later the issue was sorted out and following Oak’s request, the doctors withdrew the complaint,” the source added.
Dr Oak refused to comment on the issue. “I am in London. Contact me later,” he said.
Manisha Mhaiskar, additional municipal commissioner of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation was also unavailable for comment.
The hospital staffers alleged that Dongre used to ill-treat his patients. “He would not allow nurses while examining women patients. He even used to disturb the women staffers at the hospital,” alleged another medical staff, adding that Dongre was never punctual at work nor did he treat his patients well.
“He did not have any friends. Nobody used to interact with him or meddle in his affairs,” a resident doctor said.