THE Bombay High Court on Thursday issued a notice to Padmashree Dr T P Lahane, dean of government -run J J Hospital, seeking their replies in an atrocity case. Court has also issued same notice to JJ Marg police. Lahane was granted anticipatory bail and sweeper Natresh Waghela had challenged it seeking that the Lahane’s anticipatory bail be cancelled.
Justice A R Joshi was hearing the petition. Waghela the sweeper against whom Lahane had allegedly made a casteist remark, seeking that the dean’s anticipatory bail be cancelled.
On February 14, Waghela had lodged an FIR under section 3(1) and 10 of Atrocities Act and under Indian Penal Code against Lahane alleging he was verbally abused by Lahane who also made a derogatory castiest remark.
According to police, Lahane got into a fight with Waghela when the latter asked another sweeper to stop working as all the temporary class-four workers of the hospital were on strike demanding permanency of their jobs.
On February 27 Sessions court had granted anticipatory bail to Lahane on a cash surety of Rs 15,000. Waghela challenged to the bail saying the sessions court should not have gone into the merit. Issuing notices to the police and Lahane the court directed them to file their replies within three weeks.