The Sesssions court on Thursday granted time to the dean of JJ Hospital, who had allegedly hurled derogatory and casteist remarks to one of the employees of the hospital, thus protecting him till the time the designated court which deals with the atrocity-cases doesn't hear the matter, thus adjourning the matter to February 25. The court presided by judge D G Murumkar, however has barred the dean from entering the hospital premises or his own house, which is located in the hospital premises, till the time the court decides on the matter.
The Bombay High court on February 18 had granted protection to Dr Lahane from arrest till February 20 thereby asking Lahane to approach the Sessions court and file its plea. Accordingly advocates appearing for Lahane on Thursday had approached the session's court, however since the matter was not heard by the designated court, hence the matter was adjourned to February 25.
Advocate Abad Ponda, the defence counsel for Lahane while arguing on the matter held, "This entire matter is the case of Union rivalry and that they want to allegedly remove Lahane from the premises, however since we will discuss the merits of the case on the next date, when the matter is posted before the appropriate court which deals with the matters related to atrocity cases."
However it was opposed by the advocate appearing on behalf of the complainant. Advocate Nilesh Tribhuwan while opposing the defence's plea argued that the doctor was allegedly trying to tamper with the witnesses in the case. " We have witnesses who claims that Dr Lahane was allegedly trying to tamper to witness in the case. Rather he had also visited the hospital after the High court had granted him with protection."
When DNA spoke to special public prosecutor, advocate Srikant Dukhande, he said, "The court after hearing the arguments have granted him protection till February 25, and on February 25, the appropriate court would hear the matter in depth. The court has also asked Lahane to not to visit the hospital premises which also includes his house, which is located in the premises, till February 25."