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NRI doctor charged of molesting patient

A warrant has been issued against the British Indian doctor Naveen Shivan who is currently in India.

india Updated: Mar 10, 2006 14:16 IST

A British NRI doctor has been accused of molesting a 16-year-old patient in her hospital bed.

A warrant has been issued against the doctor, Naveen Shivan, 34, who is currently in India.

Judge Anthony Russell has warned that the trial will take place in the doctor's absence if he does not return at the time scheduled for the trial.

The Preston Crown court was earlier told that Sivan was depressed and was suffering from insomnia and will therefore not be able to attend the trial.

Sivan's defence counsel Mark Stuart said that Shivan had left his Blackburn home, where the hospital is located, after being burgled, and had gone to stay at his in-laws' house in Glasgow with his pregnant wife and child.

Shortly after that, he had asked the court to approve a three-week trip to India so he could visit his parents, Stuart added.

His request was approved as long as he provided his travel documentation, but Shivan left the country without doing so, the court was told.

Shivan's father-in-law attended the court on Friday and brought a note of explanation, reports say.

"The expectation was that he would return at the end of January. It seems he has gone down hill and is being treated for severe depression and insomnia.

"The defendant is not well enough, or mentally fit enough, to travel back to be before the court. It is thought he will be fit within a month or two," Stuart said.

Kate Blackwell, prosecuting lawyer, made an unsuccessful application to have the trial started in Shivan's absence.

Speaking after the case, police official Paul Ryan, who led the investigation, told newspersons, "I am going to have to wait until we have a consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service before we decide the next step."

First Published: Mar 10, 2006 12:34 IST