‘Police pressured Yerawada Mental Hospital officials to submit false report’

Defence lawyer said the false report claimed that ST bus driver Mane was in good mental health when the bus driven by him mowed down 9 persons in 2012

Defence lawyer for State Transport bus driver Santosh Mane on Tuesday alleged before the district and additional sessions judge V K Shewale that the police had "pressured" officials of Yerawada Mental Hospital to submit a false report, saying Mane was in good mental health when the bus driven by him mowed down nine persons and injured several others on January 25, 2012.

Advocate Dhananjay Mane also argued that the police "acted wrongfully" in a bid to placate the public outcry that erupted after the incident rocked the city. The lawyer said driver Mane suffered from mental illness when he took charge of the bus parked at Swargate Depot of the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC).

The defence lawyer supported his argument saying that the primary medical report submitted by the Sassoon Hospital clearly mentions that Mane suffered from "mental sickness" and was treated for it by a doctor from Solapur in 2010.

"The primary medical report submitted by Sassoon officials on 2 pm on January 25 clearly states that Mane said he saw illusions and that he didn't understand what he was doing when he drove the ST bus on January 25. However, the police has conveniently suppressed this report. On the other hand, the police pressured Yerawada Mental Hospital officials to give a medical report favourable to their case and to show that Mane was mentally fit," the defence lawyer alleged.

The defence lawyer also alleged that though the police had obtained a statement from Solapur-based psychiatrist Dr Dilip Burate, who reportedly treated Mane in 2010, it was suppressed it as did not support their argument.

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