Record suspended doctor’s statement: HC to Vizag judge

The High Court directed the sessions judge to personally visit the Government Hospital for Mental Health where Dr K Sudhakar Rao is admitted and record his statement.

By Author  |  Published: 20th May 2020  7:48 pm

Amaravati: The Andhra Pradesh High Court on Wednesday directed the Visakhapatnam sessions judge to record the statement of a suspended government doctor allegedly manhandled by the police in full public view in Visakhapatnam last week.

The High Court directed the sessions judge to personally visit the Government Hospital for Mental Health where Dr K Sudhakar Rao is admitted and record his statement. The court issued orders that the doctor’s statement be submitted to it by Thursday evening. The court passed the orders on a petition seeking a probe into the doctor’s manhandling, arrest and admission to a mental hospital.

Sudhakar Rao, civil assistant surgeon, Area Hospital, Narsipatnam, who was suspended two months ago after he publicly criticised the government for failing to provide N95 masks to the doctors treating Covid-19 patients, was arrested by the police in Visakhapatnam on May 16 for allegedly creating nuisance on the road at Akkayapalem.

The policemen allegedly manhandled the doctor, who was seen shirtless, dragged him and bundled him into an autorickshaw. He was shifted to King George Hospital, where doctors found him in an inebriated condition. He was subsequently referred to Government Hospital for Mental Health, where he was under treatment for acute and transient psychosis.


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