Mumbai: An application has been moved in Bombay High Court against the ‘mass strike’ called on by the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) across the State. The application states thousands of resident doctors are under contempt of court by going on strike as they have breached the HC’s orders. The application also states that the resident doctors have breached their own undertakings wherein they had stated that they would not resort to strikes in future.
In May last year MARD had given undertaking before a division bench headed by Justice Abhay Oka stating, “Any protest which may be made by us in future will be a peaceful protest within four corners of the Constitution. We will not take recourse to strike or will not take any recourse to any act by which our members would get provoked to abstain from the work as a mark of protest or in support of their grievances.”
MARD had submitted the undertaking during the hearing of a Public Interest Litigation filed by activist Afak Mandaviya, highlighting the issue of doctors going on strike frequently causing inconvenience to patients.
On Monday, Mandaviya move this application through his advocate Datta Mane, before a division bench presided over by Justice Ranjit More and Justice Shalini Phansalkar-Joshi.
While mentioning the application, Mane informed the bench that thousands of resident doctors have resorted to strike and have chosen to remain absent from work. He also told the bench that this move of the resident doctors have left the numerous patients helpless and without any medical treatment.
Mane also informed the bench that MARD had given undertaking to the division bench. He also told the bench that the doctors are under contempt and legal action must be initiated against them.
While speaking to the Free Press Journal, Mane said, “The matter has been referred to a division bench headed by Chief Justice and is likely to hear the matter on Tuesday. We would press for legal action against the resident doctors as they are under contempt of HC’s order and have also breached their undertakings.”