The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), intensifying the investigation, has filed a case against the Vizag police on the alleged public manhandling of government civil surgeon Dr Sudhakar.
Dr Rao is now lodged in the government mental health care centre, Visakhapatnam.
The charge against police is that he was lodged in the mental hospital only to portray him as mentally ill and sack him from the job.
Dr Sudhakar is the superintendent at Government Hospital, Narsipatnam, Vizag district. His mother Kaveribai and other family members alleged that it was a conspiracy against the doctor for talking about a lack of facilities including masks for the doctors treating the COVID-19 patients.
The CBI is investigating the case following the instructions from Andhra Pradesh High Court.
The High Court took up matter suo moto following viral videos of police arrest of the doctor in Vizag. The arrest of the doctor, who is under suspension, created ripples all across the nation. The police took the doctor into custody when he was reportedly staging a dharna before Beach Road Hospital in Vizag in mid-May.
The police, who came to the hospital after they received an anonymous complaint used force to take the doctor into custody. His hands were tied behind him with ropes. And he was kicked and dragged to the police station.
After the video went viral in social media, the High Court asked the district judicial magistrate to file a report on the incident. Based on the report, which indicated a prima facie, the High Court referred the matter to CBI for a thorough investigation.
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