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Overcharging: Plea against doctor rejected

Statesman News Service | New Delhi |

A plea against a private hospital’s doctors alleging cheating by way of overcharging for surgery to implant a pacemaker has been rejected by a Delhi court, which held that it was a second revision petition. The surgery was done on the petitioner’s father.

Dismissing the plea, Additional Sessions Judge S K Gupta observed that another sessions court had already rejected the man’s plea in 2015. The court ruled: “The respondents (doctors) will be proceeded for offence under Section 403 of IPC. The present revision is tantamount to second revision. This court cannot sit over the order passed by then revisional court.”

The judge, however, ruled that the proceedings against the Okhla-based hospital shall continue under Section 403 (dishonest misappropriation of property) of the IPC.

The complainant said that Rs 8.40 lakh was charged for pacemaker implant surgery on his father, who was admitted to the hospital in 2012. He was, however, admitted to the hospital again when it was found at another hospital that the pacemaker was not functioning properly.

As a result, the old pacemaker was replaced by a new one and the hospital charged Rs 2.66 lakh for it. But the complainant found out that the cost of the new pacemaker was Rs 80,000 less than the old pacemaker.

However, the hospital rejected the allegation, saying that the price difference in the case of the two pacemakers was brought to their notice through a courier.