Punjab Doctor seeks Rs 20,000 bribe for allegedly tampering medico-legal report, arrested
Gurdaspur: A doctor attached to a Civil Hospital has been arrested for taking bribe for allegedly changing a medico-legal report (MLR). A medico-legal report is a report written by a doctor in the role of a medical expert witness in a legal case. However, the recent case of tampering the MLR has sent a shock wave to the medical fraternity, suggests a recent media report in The Tribune.
The doctor was caught red-handed on February 10, 2020, by the Vigilance Bureau. This came following a trap set by the sleuths based on a complaint by one Amrik Singh. In his complaint, Singh stated that the doctor was allegedly demanding illegal gratification for changing the contents of the MLR.
It was submitted that the complainant had approached the civil hospital authorities to re-investigate the earlier MLR against a few of his colleagues, who were booked under IPC Section 326 (voluntary causing injuries by using sharp-edged weapons). However, the medical practitioner who was leading a board of doctors asked a bribe to settle matters by erasing the particular IPC section from the fresh MLR which was to be prepared by him.
Soon after a trap was set and the doctor was arrested while accepting Rs 20,000 bribe along with the tainted notes.
As per a recent report in The Tribune, a word spread that more doctors could be under the lens.
Medical Dialogues had earlier reported a bribery case, wherein, a doctor, posted in a government hospital in Madhya Pradesh's Mandla district was arrested after being caught red-handed while allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 6,000 to perform a surgery on a patient suffering from a hernia.