Pune: Obesity Surgery Society of India (OSSI) has refuted all allegations made by city-based bariatric surgeon Dr Jayshree Todkar against six senior members of the society. The members of the society have also called the allegations motivated, concocted and baseless.
Dr Todkar had registered a First Information Report (FIR) on Thursday and alleged that the six accused blackmailed to defame her and demanded Rs 20 lakh. She also stated that she was being harassed by the six doctors between January 26 to March 23. She was defamed and was also roughed up by the six doctors during a meeting of bariatric surgeons.
The six accused are Dr Muffazal Lakadawala (47), a resident of Mumbai, Dr Surendra Ugale (60) of Hyderabad, Dr Pradeep Chaubey (65), Dr Rajesh Khullar (58), Dr Atul Peter (50), all residents of Delhi, and Dr Shrihari Dhore Patil (65) of Pune.
Members of the OSSI issued an official statement on Friday stating that the accused are very respected members with great reputations and contributions.
“One of them is the past president of the society and past president of International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO), the world body of bariatric surgery. Also, two others are past presidents of OSSI and one of them is the current president of the Asia Pacific Chapter (APC) of IFSO,” said the statement.
Dr Arun Prasad, President, Obesity Surgery Society of India (OSSI) said that two of these doctors have been assigned the responsibility by general body of the society to investigate an issue related to financial irregularities in the organisation of IFSO – APC 2017 conference held in Goa.
“Dr Todkar was the Organising Secretary for the conference. There’s no personal issue between them and her as they were investigating on behalf of the society. As a society, we refute all allegations by her. As a society, we feel that all allegations are motivated, concocted and baseless,” said Prasad.
He also added that the society respects the contributions made by the six members to society and growth of bariatric surgery and the OSSI stands by them completely.