Six renowned doctors booked on extortion, defamation charges

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Dr Todkar has alleged that the six accused blackmailed to defame her and demanded Rs 20 lakh

PUNE: Six renowned doctors from Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Pune have been booked by the Samarth police for allegedly defaming and extorting money from a fellow doctor. The complainant and the accused are all leading bariatric surgeons.

The complainant, Dr Jayshree Todkar, a resident of Pune, has registered the complaint against 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.

Dr Todkar has alleged that the six accused blackmailed to defame her and demanded Rs 20 lakh. She stated that she was being harassed by the six doctors from January 26 to March 23. She was defamed and was also roughed up by the six doctors during a meeting of bariatric surgeons.

When contacted, Dr Todkar said, "It is very sad that I had to take such a step and register a complaint against these noted doctors, but I did not have any other choice."

Rajendra Mohite, Police Inspector, Samarth police station, said, “All seven doctors were a part of a committee of bariatric surgeons. The complainant informed us that she was initially the secretary of the committee and wanted to contest for the post of vice-president, which irked the other six doctors, who resorted to the practice of defamation and extortion.”

Mohite said that the complainant, in her statement, said that the six doctors told her that they will continue defaming her unless she hands over Rs 20 lakh. The police have booked the six doctors under sections 385 (Putting person in fear of injury in order to commit extortion) 323 (Punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), 509 (Word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) and 500 (Punishment for defamation) of the Indian Penal Code.

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