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Doctor booked for overcharging patients and culpable homicide

by Vaishali Sharma

A doctor, who was running a hospital for Covid patients during the second wave of the pandemic in Miraj city of Sangli, Maharashtra, has been arrested on Friday by cops from the Mahatma Gandhi police station on charges of culpable homicide and overcharging patients. The development came after an investigation revealed that the hospital did not have adequate doctors, equipment and other facilities needed to treat Covid patients.

A magistrate court on Saturday remanded the accused, Dr. Mahesh Jadhav, 36, who was running the Apex Care Hospital, to police custody for seven days. Dikshit Gedam, superintendent of Sangli Police, confirmed the development.

Officials said that on April 14, Jadhav, who has said that he holds MBBS, MS (Plastic Surgeon) and MCH degrees, was granted permission by the local municipal commissioner to treat Covid patients. However, after receiving complaints on May 21, a team of municipal health officials led by health officer Dr. Sunil Ambole conducted an inspection and learnt that patients were being overcharged by the hospital without providing any treatment.

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