JJ dean ac­quit­ted in ‘casteist slur’ case

Mid Day - - CITY - SAILEE DHAYALKAR sailee.dhayalkar@mid-day.com

THE Mum­bai ses­sions court on Fri­day ac­quit­ted Dr. TP La­hane, the dean of JJ hos­pi­tal, in a case where he was ac­cused of ver­bally abus­ing a sweeper. La­hane’s lawyer, Swapna Kode, con­firmed La­hane’s ac­quit­tal to mid-day.

In Fe­bru­ary 2014, an FIR was lodged against La­hane by Naresh Narayan Waghela, a Class IV sweeper em­ployed at the hos­pi­tal, who al­leged La­hane had hurled a “casteist slur” at him. In March this year, Waghela had ap­proached the ses­sions court want­ing to with­draw the case. He was asked to file an ap­pli­ca­tion.

The court did not ac­cept Waghela’s ap­pli­ca­tion on July 15, when he went to file it. Instead, they went on to file charges against La­hane. He was charged with 3 (1) (X) [any per­son not a mem­ber of SC/ST in­ten­tion­ally in­sults per­son of SC/ST on his caste in a public place/view], of the SC/ST Act. On Au­gust 21, Lalit Solanki, an eye­wit­ness in the case, was de­clared hos­tile by the pros­e­cu­tion in court after he did not sup­port its case.

mid-day’s July 16 re­port

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