A special court in Maharashtra, on Monday (24th June), rejected the bail plea of the accused doctors in the Payal Tadvi case. Earlier, the Bombay High Court had granted the Mumbai police Crime Branch partial custody of 4 days. The 3 accused doctors are in jail since the arrest.
Defence advocate Abad Ponda requested the court to grant bail to the three doctors as they were “doctors who save lives, they don’t take lives.”
“Even in murder cases, courts give bail to women,” he said.
“They never wanted to kill or expected she would die or kill herself. They were only pulling her up for work,” the defence lawyer added. He also denied the claim that the accused knew Payal’s caste.
Countering the defence submissions, special public prosecutor Raja Thakare said, “You say your (accused) career is ruined, but their (family) life is ruined. Here is a young girl who lost her life. They (accused) are bothered about who will marry them. But what will be the fate of the mother and the young husband?”
It was on May 22 that Payal Tadvi (26) was found dead in her hostel room. She was a junior doctor at BYL Nair Hospital. Her family alleged that the accused doctors taunted her by ragging and hurling casteist abuses as she belonged to a Scheduled Tribe.
Tadvi’s autopsy report stated “evidence of ligature mark over the neck”. The counsel for Tadvi’s family, Nitin Satpute, alleged she had been murdered. “From the circumstances of her death and bruise mark on her body, we can say that it must be a case of murder and not of suicide,” he had said.