Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Thursday directed its registry department to make arrangements on July 30 to film hearing of the bail pleas of three senior doctors, arrested for allegedly abetting the suicide of their junior colleague at a civic-run hospital here.Justice D S Naidu was hearing bail pleas filed by the Hema Ahuja, Bhakti Meher and Ankita Khandelwal, arrested on May 29 for allegedly making casteist slurs and abetting the suicide of their colleague Dr Payal Tadvi. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Tadvi (26), a second-year postgraduate medical student attached to B Y L Nair Hospital, allegedly committed suicide in her hostel room on May 22. Justice Naidu on Thursday noted that Section 15 (a) (10) of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) mandates that all proceedings under the act have to be video recorded by the court concerned. The provision was pointed out to the court by advocate Gunaratan Sadavarte, who appeared for the victim’s mother. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KWhile special public prosecutor Raja Thakare said it was a policy matter, advocate Aabad Ponda, appearing for the accused, said the provision is only for trial proceedings and not bail hearings. Justice Naidu, however, said the proceedings would mean all judicial proceedings. “I cannot ignore the statutory provisions. While I am sympathetic towards the fact that this would mean a delay in hearing of the bail pleas, but it is also imperative that the provisions of the act are followed,” the judge said. The court then directed the high court’s registry department to make necessary arrangements for video-recording and posted the bail pleas for further hearing on July 30. Justice Naidu said as a judge, he was for recording of court proceedings and that he uses his mobile phone to record audios of arguments of lawyers in important cases. Ponda, while seeking bail, argued that the accused are educated persons and not criminals.
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