Agartala: The High Court of Tripura on Wednesday quashed the interim bail of all four persons accused of harassing and spitting on a doctor at a COVID care centre on July 24.
The single-judge bench of Justice Arindam Lodh was hearing the anticipatory bail application 87/2020 filed by accused Karnajit De, who is also the additional government advocate.
The court directed the accused persons to surrender immediately to the investigating officer and if they do not surrender, the investigating officer is directed to arrest the accused persons and, further, if they are not found available, proper application is to be filed before the competent court of jurisdiction for issuance of non-bailable warrant of arrest against those accused persons.
“The investigating officer is directed to arrange and conduct a TI parade of the accused persons in accordance with law within next two days”, the Court order reads.
The Court also asked the investigating officer to collect the CCTV footage of the relevant date i.e. July 24 of Bhagat Singh COVID Centre.
The case in hand relates to spitting upon some doctors and Para-medical staff by the alleged accused persons and at the time when the doctor went to COVID Care Centre with some patients who were happened to be the mothers of newly born babies and infected with the dreaded Coronavirus.
“It caused serious repercussions in the doctors‟ community and other health care staff. The citizens of the State from all levels and strata agitated and seriously condemned the incident and demanded stern action against the persons who were involved in the said shameful incident”, the Court order reads.
The additional government advocate, Karnajit De, who is one among the four accused persons, had prevented West district health officer, Dr Sangita Chakraborty and her medical team from admitting newborn babies and their mothers at the COVID care centre.
Speaking with reporters, additional public prosecutor Samrat Ghosh said that the Court has asked to conduct test identification (TI) parade within two days and following which the accused person would be allowed to seek bail from the Court.
Earlier on Wednesday, the judicial magistrate, Sanjan Lal Tripura after hearing both said, “I find the present factual circumstances of the case does not justify police remand and accordingly the prayer for police remand stands declined.”
The accused persons were granted interim bail till August 29 after furnishing a bail bond of Rs 30,000 each.
Earlier, speaking with EastMojo, Dr Chakraborty said that after the closure of maternity ward in Tripura Medical College, five post-caesarean patients were taken to the COVID Care Centre but this was opposed by some of the patients admitted there.
“When the ambulance with COVID-19 positive mothers with newborn babies reached the CCC, a group of patients who were undergoing treatment started protesting and stopped the medical team from entering the centre,” Chakraborty said.
Dr Chakraborty also said that soon after receiving the information, she rushed to the COVID centre and tried to calm them.
“I told the patients that newly born patients are waiting in the ambulance and they need to be shifted in the room, to which some of the patients started using abusive words. Even after repetitive requests to wear the mask they continued to come closer to us,” Chakraborty added.
However, the patients did not allow the newborn and the mothers to be taken inside the building and they forced them to keep on waiting for 5 hours inside the ambulance. Later, they were shifted to the Agartala Government Medical College.