Murdered doctor Shashwat Pande's parents can now hope for justice
Finally, there is good news for doctor couple Shalini and Sanjay Pande seeking justice for their son murdered by a stalker colleague inside the St Stephen's Hospital in the Capital nine months ago.
The Supreme Court (SC) On Friday directed the Delhi High Court to expeditiously hear their plea for a CBI probe into the killing of their son 26-year-old Shashwat Pande on August 25 inside the St Stephen's Hospital where he was a resident doctor, and take a decision within four months.
Nine months have gone by and the accused has not been arrested.
The accused is one Suyash Gupta, a fellow resident doctor, allegedly a bisexual, who had been stalking Shashwat for two years, was "over obsessed" with him and against whom there is "strong" circumstantial evidence.
"We have lost faith in the state police and apprehend that a relative of the accused who is a politician is pressurizing the state police to go slow with the investigation," Shashwat's distraught mother 52-yearold Shalini Pande, an Allahabad-based doctor, told Mail Today.
Body of Shashwat, a final year radio diagnosis student, had 20 stab wounds, including on his private parts, neck, chest, thigh, back and face.
Not only the police are yet to arrest Suyash, the investigation has also not moved an inch. Suyash went missing after the murder.
"May be the police work like this. But only those who have lost their child will know the pain. Our world has collapsed. After resident doctor stint in St Stephen's hospital, Shashwat was to settle with us in Allahabad after getting married and was also gearing up to take charge of my husband's clinic," said the sobbing mother.
Explaining the reason for rushing to SC, their lawyer Siddhartha Dave said that on February 21, while issuing order on a plea filed by Suyash's mother for a direction to police to return her son kept in "illegal detention," a single bench of the Delhi HC expressed satisfaction with respect to manner in which Delhi Police are conducting the probe.
In her petition in HC, Suyash's mother said she and her husband were called to the hospital where Suyash worked and told their son was bisexual and that the deceased and their son were having a secret relationship.
She claimed that her son was prescribed a strong antipsychotic drug upon knowing about his sexual orientation, which had severe side-effects such as short-term memory lapse, nausea, dyskinesia, mental sluggishness and others.