The doctor was arrested from Munde hospital in Parli on Saturday night. Dr Sudam and his wife Saraswati Munde had been sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment in an illegal abortion case in 2012. Their registration to practise medicine had also been suspended. Sudam was released last year after serving seven years in jail.
According to the police, the district collector and medical department had received an information that Munde had been practising medicine despite being barred from doing so till October 2020. The police raided the hospital where he was found practising, there were also four patients at the hospital. When the police team questioned him, he said the hospital was registered in his daughter’s name, however his daughter denied it. The police then took him into custody. Munde allegedly threatened a medical officer while he was being taken into custody.
The Parli city police in Beed registered an FIR against him under relevant sections of Indian Penal Code for cheating, impersonation and assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty along with other sections of Indian Medical Council Act, Maharashtra Medical Practitioners Act and PCPNDT Act that deals with prenatal diagnostic techniques.
Beed Superintendent of Police Harsh Poddar said, “He had started illegally practicing privately. We raided the premises, where we found abortion equipment, allopathic medicines in commercial quantity, and radiological machines. Four patients were also admitted at the hospital. The accused also abused the government officials and he has been arrested and is in five days’ police custody.” Police are probing if he has performed any gender tests or abortions. The hospital had been functioning for the past 15 days.
The 2012 case
Dr Sudam and his wife Saraswati Munde had been sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment in a case wherein one Vijaymala Patekar had died during an illegal abortion at Munde’s hospital in Parli in 2012. Investigators had found nearly 20 foetuses in the hospital compound and a farm owned by the Mundes. A year before that, a sting had accused Dr Sudam of conducting illegal sex determination tests and abortions.
Seventeen people were arrested and indicted after her death in 2012. The lurid details of the case — there were claims that the Mundes fed female foetuses to dogs — prompted the state to order a fast-track trial in the racket.