The High Court of Tripura on Monday granted bail to additional government advocate accused of harassing and spitting on a doctor at a COVID care centre Credit: EastMojo Image

Agartala: The High Court of Tripura on Monday granted bail to additional government advocate Karnajit De, who was accused on charges of harassing and spitting on a doctor on July 24 last, said public prosecutor Ratan Dutta.

Speaking with reporters, Dutta said that the single bench of Justice Arindam Lodh on Monday heard the bail application filed by Karnajit De in the doctor harassment case and granted him bail on a bond of Rs 50 thousand.

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“The investigating officer today filed the case diary after conducting the test identification parade of the accused persons and recording the statement of the victim under 164 of CrPC. The court after hearing the matter granted bail to the Karnajit De,” Dutta said.

Rajib Saha, counsel of the accused, said that his client was granted bail in exchange for a bail bond of Rs 50 thousand on the condition of cooperating with the investigation officer or not fleeing away. However, the local court will hear the appeal of the investigating officer filed for the police remand of Karnajit along with three others accused on August 28 next.

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.

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Earlier, speaking with EastMojo, Dr Sangita Chakraborty had 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.

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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.

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