The Bombay high court, on Monday, granted Dr TP Lahane, dean, JJ Hospital, protection from arrest till February 20 in an atrocities case filed against him by a sweeper in the hospital.
Justice Sadhana Jadhav directed Dr Lahane to approach the sessions court for anticipatory bail by February 20.
Senior counsel Ashok Mundargi, appearing for Dr Lahane, told Justice Jadhav that his client had directly approached the HC as the police had not yet given him a copy of the FIR. The sessions court would not hear the anticipatory bail application without a copy of the FIR, said Mundargi. He also contended that Dr Lahane had never made any remarks about anyone's caste and had been falsely implicated.
Where was the question of the accused making some remark against the caste of the complainant when he (Dr Lahane) did not even know the complainant's name, the court asked the prosecution.
Granting the doctor three days' protection, Justice Jadhav said: "Protection can be granted for a limited time. The applicant (Dr Lahane) is protected from arrest till February 20 for the purpose of allowing him to approach the sessions court to seek anticipatory bail."
On February 14, Narayan Waghela, a temporary sweeper in JJ Hospital, lodged a case against Dr Lahane alleging that the doctor had verbally abused him and made a derogatory castiest remark. An FIR was lodged against the doctor under sections 3 (1) and 10 of the Atrocities Act and under the Indian Penal Code.