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Fake certificate demand takes doc to rights panel

- Commission acts on petition, summons accused cop for appearance

A doctor has approached the state human rights commission accusing a police officer of pressuring him to provide a fake medical certificate for an inmate and threatening him with dire consequences on refusal.

According to sources, Madan Prasad, the station house officer of Minapur police station in Muzaffarpur, approached Dr Sanjay Kumar, deputed at the primary health centre, to provide him a medical certificate mentioning that the limbs of a man in police custody were broken.

The official had demanded the certificate despite the fact that the inmate was physically fit. “How can I provide that kind of a certificate when his limbs are intact?” Sanjay had asked the policeman.

In reply, Madan reportedly said the man in custody was a dacoit and the policeman planned to damage his limbs so that he wouldn’t be able to commit robbery in future.

When the doctor expressed inability to help, the cop allegedly misbehaved with him in public and threatened him.

“When I tried to convince the SHO, he hurled abuses at me in public,” Sanjay said.

Sanjay decided to lodge a complaint against the SHO. He met Muzaffarpur senior superintendent of police (SSP) Saurav Kumar, who said the man in custody was involved in a series of house robberies.

The SSP promised to initiate action against the SHO but nothing happened. The doctor also complained about the ill-treatment meted out to him at the workplace to Muzaffarpur civil surgeon Gyan Bhushan and other senior officials of the health department in Patna but in vain.

Sanjay finally approached the state human rights commission and submitted a petition seeking justice. Taking cognisance of the petition, acting chairperson of the commission Neel Mani on Friday issued summons asking additional superintendent of police Rashid Zaman to appear before the commission on February 11, 2014.

The commission, in its observation, said: “The allegations as narrated by the petitioner, if true, are quite serious and call for a drastic action. The commission directs the additional SP-cum-DSP, Muzaffarpur, Rashid Zaman, to appear before the commission on February 14.”

Sanjay said the SHO had visited the health centre for the medical certificate on August 4, 2013.

When The Telegraph contacted Madan over the phone, he refused comment.

Zaman said he was yet to go through the commission’s order. “I have not seen the commission’s directive. It would certainly be honoured,” he said.