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Supreme Court holds doctors guilty of contempt for providing medical shelter to murder accused

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has held Dr K S Sachdev, managing director, and Dr Munish Prabhakar, medical director, of Privat Hospital, Gurgaon guilty of contempt for providing medical shelter for 527 days to Balbir Singh, a former Indian National Lok Dal MLA from Meham, facing trial for murder.

A bench of Chief Justice T S Thakur, Justice R Banumathi and Justice U U Lalit, on December 15 asked Dr Sachdev and Dr Prabhakar to be present in the court on January 2, 2017 “to present their view on the point of punishment.”

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.

“Singh, who claimed to be a heart patient, did not give his consent for angiography as suggested by the doctors during his admission in the said hospital, and requested for conservative treatment through medicines which was agreed to by the doctors,” revealed a CBI probe ordered by the apex court.

Balbir Singh was not required to remain admitted in the hospital for such a long period for the conservative treatment, added the CBI report.

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