Rs 1.4-cr fine on docs for sheltering MLA

Rs 1.4-cr fine on docs for sheltering MLA

The Supreme Court on Tuesday imposed Rs 1.4 crore fine on two doctors of a private hospital in Haryana for sheltering a former Indian National Lok Dal MLA without any ailment. The former legislator was wanted in a murder case at the time.

A three-judge bench presided over by Justice Dipak Misra directed Dr Munish Prabhakar and Dr K S Sachdev of a Gurgaon-based Private Hospital to deposit Rs 70 lakh each with the Supreme Court registry.

Both were held guilty of contempt of court. They were accused of allowing admission of the then MLA Balbir alias Bali Pahelwan in their hospital as he wanted to avoid his arrest in a murder case in May 2011.

On a plea made by the victim’s family, the CBI was told to conduct the probe.

No disease
The investigating agency then submitted a report to the court, stating that the legislator did not suffer from any disease.

Bali was in October 2013 directed to surrender by the apex court.

Though the doctors tendered an unconditional apology, the court imposed the fine. The apex court will decide on how to utilise the fine amount  to be deposited with the registry in July.

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