In a major development, the Azad Maidan police station have arrested the former chief municipal medical superintendent Dr Mahendra Wadiwala who has been accused of helping a businessman in getting criminal cases stalled against him.
Polices sources said the businessman, Navindchandra Hegde, had been involved in a property dispute and investigations were being conducted against him. Dr Wadiwala had then got a master criminal Shekhar Chandrashekhar to impersonate as the secretary to a minister and called the High Court to stall the proceedings against the businessman.
However, the court registered cases against Hegde and Chandrashekhar and the police started further inquiries against them. During investigations, Hegde revealed that it was the doctor who had introduced him to Chandrashekhar and had promised to get the case against him stalled. For this, Chandrashekhar had even demanded a payment and part of the agreed amount had been paid to him, sources said.
However, when the police interrogated Hegde, he revealed the role played by Dr Wadiwala in this matter. “We have arrested the doctor under section 419 of the Indian Penal Code and he has been sent to police custody till August 3,” said MK Sharma, the zonal deputy police commissioner.
Dr Wadiwala had earlier been suspended from the municipal corporation when it was revealed that he had pressurised his subordinates into admitting Chandrashekhar at Rajawadi Hospital. Though there was no order to send the criminal to Rajawadi Hospital, Dr Wadiwala had forced other doctors to admit him and he remained there for nearly four months. It was only later when this matter was revealed that Chandrashekhar was discharged from the hospital and Dr Wadiwala was suspended from service.