Fake Nerul doc­tor paid ` 40,000 for bo­gus de­gree

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

A day af­ter a 45-year-old Nerul res­i­dent was ar­rested for practising as a doc­tor with a fake de­gree, the Nerul po­lice have re­vealed de­tails of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, Dat­ta­trey Agde, had been practising for the past 18 years with a de­gree that he had pur­chased for Rs40,000.

Agde had sub­mit­ted his de­gree to the mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion. Nei­ther the cor­po­ra­tion, nor the hos­pi­tals and doc­tors he worked for both­ered to ver­ify the cer­tifi­cate in all th­ese years.

Agde was ar­rested fol­low­ing a com­plaint by Vaishale And­hale, 30, a res­i­dent of Sec­tor 6 in Nerul, who lost her hus­band Ut­tam, 40, who was be­ing treated by Agde.

“In Oc­to­ber last year, my hus­band had pain in the left shoul­der owing to work out in a gym. We went to Agde, who prac­tised in our area. He gave di­clofenac in­jec­tion in his left waist. The area soon turned blue and started to hurt,” said Vaishale.

Ac­cord­ing to Vaishale, when they vis­ited Agde again, he gave the same in­jec­tion on the right side. Af­ter Ut­tam’s con­di­tion wors­ened, he was taken to var­i­ous hos­pi­tals. He died in Sukham Hos­pi­tal, Pan­vel, owing to gan­grene in­fec­tion.

And­hale had then com­plained to the po­lice that her hus­band had died owing to wrong treat­ment by Agde. She had also sus­pected his cre­den­tials.

“I found out that he had a BAMS de­gree from Dr Babasa­heb Ambedk ar Univer­sity in Muzaffarpur, Bi­har. I won­dered why a Ma­ha­rash­trian would go to Bi­har to get a de­gree,” said And­hale.

“The re­port from the Ma­ha­rash­tra med­i­cal coun­cil said Ut­tam had died be­cause of wrong in­jec­tions given by Agde,” said deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (zone I) Shahji Umap.

“Our team went to Bi­har and found that the cer­tifi­cate was bo­gus. The se­rial num­ber be­longed to an­other doc­tor,” said Umap.

Ac­cord­ing to Sangeeta Alphonso, se­nior po­lice in­spec­tor of Nerul po­lice sta­tion, “In 1996, Agde had man­aged to get a de­gree and mark­sheet in his name by pay­ing Rs40,000. We are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the source of the de­gree.”

Agde, who was ar­rested on Wed­nes­day, has been booked for caus­ing death due to neg­li­gence, fraud and other re­lated crimes. He has been re­manded in po­lice cus­tody till De­cem­ber 2.

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