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Coronavirus in Mumbai: No relief for doctor who constructed hospital and sought to treat Covid-19 patients

A bench of Justice Ravindra Ghuge imposed a fine of Rs 1000 on Dr Manoj Mundhe, who had sought permission to proceed with the construction of the new hospital building.

Narsi Benwal | Updated on: Saturday, May 09, 2020, 07:28 AM IST

No relief for doctors who constructed hospital and sought to treat Covid-19 patients | ANI
No relief for doctors who constructed hospital and sought to treat Covid-19 patients | ANI
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Mumbai: Observing that the doctor has indulged in illegal activities, the Aurangabad bench of the Bombay High Court on Friday refused to validate the construction of his hospital at Beed.

This hospital was to be used for dialysis patients, who are being turned away by the civil hospital after it was shortlisted as a dedicated institution to treat COVID-19 patients.

A bench of Justice Ravindra Ghuge imposed a fine of Rs 1000 on Dr Manoj Mundhe, who had sought permission to proceed with the construction of the new hospital building. This building, he claimed, was being constructed on the premises of his existing hospital in Beed.

According to Mundhe, his existing hospital has a capacity of 30 beds and to follow norms of social distancing, he required additional space and thus, applied for construction of a new building in his premises.

With no response from the civic authorities, Mundhe proceeded with the construction of new building, which would have OPD, dialysis unit along with an isolation unit. However, the authorities pointed out that the construction was illegal as it had no requisite permissions either from the collectorate office or the local civic body of Beed.

Having heard the submissions advanced by the parties, Justice Ghuge said, "I find that though Dr Mundhe contends that his existing hospital building is short marked for utilisation for the treatment of COVID-19 patients, interim orders of granting permission to construct the unfinished building and to operate the OPD and the dialysis unit cannot be granted in the face of the illegality, prima facie, indulged into by the doctor. Hence, no interim relief."

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Published on: Saturday, May 09, 2020, 05:51 AM IST