The dismissal of bail application of Dr Puneet Aulakh Pooni and Dr Deepak Bhatt in the suicide case of Dr Supriya, a post graduate student of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH), has failed to dash the hopes of the medical fraternity extending unequivocal support to their colleagues.
Dr Bhatt and Dr Pooni had applied for an anticipatory bail in the court of additional sessions judge HS Grewal which was dismissed on Friday.
The counsel of the doctors, advocate Harpreet Sandhu, stated before the court that the suicide note does not carry a single word about the name of the doctors or any other faculty member, but the court did not give any concession to the accused doctors. At the same time, the DMCH management is hopeful of getting justice at the hands of the authorities concerned.
While speaking to HT, secretary of the DMCH management Prem Kumar Gupta said, “We have cooperated with the police investigation as we are sure that our doctors are right and will come out clean. Not even once have we tried to confront Dr Supriya’s parents keeping in mind their loss. But if at all Dr Supriya had any grievances against her teachers why didn’t she or her parents approach the principal or me?”
He said the hospital authorities, faculty and her colleagues sympathise with the family, but the complaint was uncalled for. “However, we will cooperate with the investigating team constituted under Dr KD Singh, principal, Government Medical College, Patiala,” Gupta said.
Submit representation to DC Agarwal
Meanwhile, 18 junior residents and four senior residents of the department of paediatrics had also submitted a written representation to Ludhiana deputy commissioner Rajat Agarwal expressing solidarity with the accused professors-cum-doctors of their department. The representation given by the residents also states that the allegations against their teachers were baseless and that their implication for harassing Dr Supriya did not have any truth. “Whatever personal issues or disturbance may have been the reason for Dr Supriya for resorting to the drastic step, certainly our teachers are not responsible,” reads the representation by the residents.
To top it all, details of the FIR registered under 174 CrPC having the version of the investigation officer (IO) states that late Dr Supriya seemed to be upset over some personal issues and there is no mention of the issue in the suicide note.
The IO further states in his report that she never shared anything with anyone at the hospital.
Neither was there any mention as to what were these personal issues which forced her to take such an extreme step.