Friday, October 16, 2015

Doctor sacked for turning hostile

A doctor serving as an associate professor with the forensics department at LG Hospital, Dr Rohit Jariwala, was terminated from service on Thursday by Ahmedabad Municipal Coproration (AMC). Dr Jariwala turned hostile during a court examination in 2008 in the controversial Suresh Thakor murder case which occurred in 2007 near Anandnagar garden. 

Back then, Jariwala had led a panel of doctors at VS Hospital which performed the postmortem on Thakor's body and submitted a detailed technical report in court. Thakor was in the construction business and prior to the murder had been embroiled in a real estate dispute, which had led to his murder. Thakor's murder had led to wide protests in Vejalpur area. Jariwala turning hostile facilitated the acquittal of four accused in the case. 

After cross-examining Dr Jariwala, the special public prosecutor L H Patel filed an application in the court requesting the judge to declare him hostile for changing his statements, which "could help the accused". Patel highlighted certain discrepan cies on technical is sues in the postmor tem report and Jari wala's statements before the court. In a rare court proceeding, Jariwala was declared hostile by an Ahmedabad district court. 

"This is one of the rare instances where a doctor who turned hostile in court has been terminated from service," says a senior AMC official. Jariwala had pleaded that the termination will affect his practice in the future but the AMC panel did not heed his plea.

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