Right to Information Appellate alleged that in a Medico-Legal case, the Doctor in the hospital had overwritten ‘simple hurt’ as ‘Grievous hurt’. Because of this change, the appellate son was booked under 308 of IPC, a non-bailable offence. As it is a case of physical assault, nature of injury matters a lot, in deciding nature of crime & sentence.
Appellant has questioned the credibility of the MLC because of this overwriting in it. On the basis of that overwriting in the MLC, investigation officer charged his son for causing grievous hurt.
Making a plea that if doctors have different opinion, they should mention the same by issuing a new MLC instead of rewriting over MLC, the Appellate filed the RTI to know is there any guidelines for doctors in preparing and correcting the Medico Legal Reports. Despite several reminders, there was no reply to his RTI application. To know more about the RTI Act kindly visit our Right to Information Wiki. And to get help from our members, go to our forum to post your issue. You can also access RTI resources by downloading our Mobile App for Android and Apple iOS.
The commission decided in the appellate favour by directing public authority to provide certified copy of guidelines being followed by Doctors regarding MLC, within 21 days from the date of receipt of this order, failure will result in initiation of penalty proceeding against them. Further, commission also directed public authority to inquire into this “overwriting” to fix responsibility and submit a report.
Using RTI to know the truth behind overwriting
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