Court rejects Apollo doctors’ plea in Rahul Mahajan case


New Delhi : The Supreme Court Monday dismissed the pleas of six Apollo Hospital doctors that their trial for shielding late BJP leader Pramod Mahajan’s son Rahul Mahajan be stopped.

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A bench of Justices A.K. Mathur and Aftab Alam said it was not inclined to annul the first information report (FIR) lodged by Delhi Police in 2006 against them.

The six doctors of the Indraprastha Apollo Hospital – Anupam Sibal, Prasad Rao, Awdesh Bansal, Mukund Pandey, Ali Mohammed Ganai and Abha Gupta – are facing trial for allegedly destroying and fabricating evidence to save Rahul Mahajan from the clutches of the law after he was admitted to the hospital for drug abuse.

A late night drug binge on June 3, 2006, exactly a month after Pramod Mahajan succumbed to his injuries after he was shot at by his brother, had left the BJP leader’s secretary Bibek Moitra dead and the junior Mahajan hospitalised in a serious condition.

According to the criminal case registered by police, doctors and other hospital authorities had gone overboard in their bid to save Rahul Mahajan from facing trial in the drug abuse case.

Delhi Police in its charge sheet had alleged that the doctors had played a lead role in destroying evidence and had given false information.

The charge sheet had pointed out that hospital registers were deliberately tampered with at the specific instructions of Apollo Deputy General Manager Rajji Chandru and Pramod Mahajan`s aide Sudhanshu Mittal to conceal the actual time Rahul Mahajan and Moitra were admitted.

The charge sheet stated that Apollo Hospital authorities were more concerned with helping Rahul Mahajan escape the clutches of law, rather than giving him the medical aid.

The charge sheet had listed as evidence a series of press briefings by hospital authorities aimed at giving Rahul Mahajan a clean chit in the drug abuse case.