Mumbai: Dr Ruby Tandon, a high-profile dermatologist from Bandra who was arrested in a fake medical degree case last week, has been granted bail by the metropolitan magistrate court. On Monday, the police produced her in court and sent her to 14-day judicial custody. However, she was immediately granted bail.
The Bandra police on October 17 received a written complaint from an anonymous source claiming that Dr Tandon’s degree was fake and required further investigation. The police forwarded the complaint to Dr Deepak Chavan, the medical officer of the BMC in the H/West ward of Khar. Dr Chavan and his team then contacted the Maharashtra Medical Council.
Background of the case
During the BMC’s inquiry, it was discovered that Dr Tandon had no registration with the Maharashtra Medical Council in Mumbai. A joint team of police and BMC officials, under the leadership of police inspector Pradeep Kerkar visited the clinic and questioned her and her husband.
When asked to provide her degree certificate, Dr Tandon presented a colour printout of a Medical Council of India registration certificate and a license from the Medical Council. These certificates displayed the names of Dr Rupinder Dhaliwal and Rupinder Tandon Jagat Dhaliwal.
Dr Ruby Tandon confesses to police
When the police inquired about the differing names on the certificates, Dr Tandon explained that her surname was Dhaliwal before her marriage.
Upon verification on the issuing institution’s website, the BMC officials found no corresponding entries. Dr Chavan subsequently filed a formal complaint with the Bandra police, resulting in the registration of an FIR under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and other sections of the Maharashtra Medical Practitioner Act 1961.