NMA demands release of docs sent to judicial custody

Kathmandu, November 3

Nepal Medical Association demanded release of two doctors who were found guilty of preparing falsified medical report of a 12-year-old girl of Dhanusha, who was allegedly raped by Karan Mandal, 23, on August 24.

Issuing a press statement, NMA has protested the arrest of two doctors Dr Rambha Goit and Dr Vijay Kumar Singh of Janakpur Zonal Hospital. The duo was arrested after the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority filed a charge-sheet against the doctors at the Special Court yesterday.

According to Dr Mukti Ram Shrestha, president of Nepal Medical Association, Nepal Medical Council, a regulatory body of the country’s medical doctors, has suspended the doctors and cancelled the license.

The statement issued by Nepal Medical Association  said since the case against them was sub judice in the Special Court, it was illegal to keep the doctors in jail.  “We even don’t know under which law the doctors were arrested and sent to custody,” it said.

Meanwhile, Joint Secretary Rameshwor Dangal, CIAA spokesperson, said Dr Vijay Kumar Singh and Dr Rambha Goit of Janakpur Zonal Hospital were charge-sheeted as per Section 19 (2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 2002, seeking maximum punishment for the accused.

“As per the bail hearing of Special Court, doctors were kept in the custody,” he added. If the court orders their release with the provision of bail, then they can be freed, otherwise they have to remain in the custody, he added.

As per the act, if any public servant prepares a fabricated report with mala fide intention, such a person shall be liable to a punishment of imprisonment for a term from three months to one year, along with a fine of up to Rs 50,000.