In a significant development, the sensational case of mishandling of anesthetist Dr.Sudhakar by police in Visakhapatnam, the Andhra Pradesh High Court on Friday ordered a CBI probe into the case. The CBI has registered FIR against the doctor. He was earlier suspended for alleging that government doctors were not provided safety gear and on May 17, he was taken into custody by the police by using excessive force.
Dr. Sudhakar, who was placed under suspension on April 8, after questioning the shortage of PPE kits for doctors and staff at Narsipatnam area hospital, was seen hurling abuses against the chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, the government and police when he was stopped on the highway on May 16. Police said he was in an inebriated condition, mentally unstable and creating a nuisance in full public glare.
The court pointed out at the gaps in police report. The police said there was one injury on Dr.Sudhakar’s body. But, Visakhapatnam judge who recorded Dr.Sudhakar’s statement at government hospital for mental health, identified six injuries.
The doctor was booked by the CBI on a complaint by S. V. Venkata Ramana, who alleged that Dr.Sudhakar tried to assault him, snatched his mobile phone and broke it. He also allegedly used filthy language against the passersby when they tried to pacify him.
The video recording of Dr. Sudhakar’s arrest had gone viral on social media and his behaviour was even condemned by Indian Medical Association which wrote to Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy to take action against the policemen.
The HIgh Court asked the CBI to probe and file the investigation report within eight weeks and book cases against Visakhapatnam police officers who allegedly used excessive force while taking Dr. Sudhakar into custody.
Inputs from Vuha Kunapareddy