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Supreme Court slaps Rs 1.4 crore fine on two doctors for providing medical shelter to murder accused

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday slapped a fine of Rs 70 lakh each on Dr K S Sachdev, managing director and Dr Munish Prabhakar, medical director, of Privat Hospital, Gurugram for allowing former Haryana MLA Balbir Singh, against whom non-bailable warrants had been issued in a murder case, to remain in the hospital for 527 days without any justifiable reason.

A bench, comprising Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice M M Shantanagoudar, said the two doctors had “obstructed” in the administration of justice and were guilty of contempt of the court. It asked the doctors to deposit the amount with the apex court registry within two months. The bench, however, refused to cancel the licence of the hospital, reports The Week.

Balbir Singh, aka Bali Pahalwan, had got himself admitted to the hospital soon after the apex court asked him to surrender after cancelling his bail on October 24, 2013 following apprehension that he was threatening witnesses. Singh is an accused in an indiscriminate firing incident at Kalanaur grain market that left one person dead and eight injured on May 5, 2013.

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