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6th August 2018
Hon’ble Supreme Court grants relief to doctor couple from arrest under section 304 as anticipated

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

A few days back, I had written about my views regarding the judgement of the Bombay High Court in the matter titled as “Deepa Sanjeev Pawaskar & Anr. Versus the State of Maharastra, Criminal Anticipatory Bail Application No. 513 of 2018”, where the Hon’ble High Court of Bombay held that prescription without diagnosis and hence resulting into death of the patient amounts to criminal negligence on the part of the doctors and dismissed the anticipatory bail application filed by the two doctors.

This article has been published in India Legal magazine at The article is reproduced below:

Prescription sans Diagnosis: A case of culpable neglect August 5, 2018 The Bombay High Court refused to grant anticipatory bail to a doctor couple, saying they were guilty of criminal negligence in the death of a patient By Dr KK Aggarwal The Bombay High Court recently held that prescription without diagnosis, resulting in death, amounts to criminal negligence. In Deepa Sanjeev Pawaskar & Anr versus the State of Maharashtra, the Court dismissed the anticipatory bail plea of two doctors involved in such a case. more

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Palliative care is treatment aimed at improving the quality of life of patients and their family members when they face serious health problems. That suffering can be physical such as breathlessness, pain, a nasty wound or psychological, social, or spiritual such as depression, social isolation.

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