Congress MLA 'slaps' doctor over girl's death in Hubli

Published: 10th June 2013 08:33 AM  |   Last Updated: 10th June 2013 08:33 AM   |  A+A-

Congress MLA Vinay Kulkarni allegedly slapped Dr Devraj Raichur, a paediatrician,  at the Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences here on Sunday, accusing him of causing the death of a six-year-old girl through negligence.

Following the incident, KIMS doctors protested in front of Vidyanagar police station, but did not press charges against the MLA after Minister of State for Medical Education Dr Sharan Prakash Patil reportedly intervened and requested them “not to tarnish the image of the new Congress government”.  

Megha Hadimani (6) of Lakkamanahalli in Dharward district, who was undergoing treatment for suspected dengue, died around 9 pm on Saturday after being administered an injection.

Her father Manjunath Hadimani alleged that KIMS doctors had administered the wrong injection. MLA Kulkarni, along with his supporters, questioned Dr Raichur, the Head of the Department, over the incident. It is said that since Dr Raichur did not answer Kulkarni, an argument ensued, which led to Kulkarni slapping the doctor.

KIMS Associate Professor and paediatrician Dr Raghavendra Desai said, “Megha was admitted on June 6. She had a history of congenital heart disease. She  developed a fever which was later diagnosed as viral. Around 9 pm on Saturday, she started to convulse and did not respond to treatment. Relevant injections were administered, but the girl died five minutes later.”  Hubli-Dharwad Police Commissioner B A Padmanayan said, “Discussions were held with doctors and the police officials concerned. An amicable solution has been arrived at and the doctors have decided not to press charges.”

It may be recalled that the Karnataka Prohibition of Violence Against Medicare Service Personnel & Damage to Property in Medicare Services Institution Bill, 2009, provides for punishment up to three years for people who attack doctors.

“No Manhandling’

“The girl died due to doctors’ negligence and there is no doubt about this. With respect to the allegations of manhandling, I did not do anything. In the heat of the moment, I pushed him  and that’s about it,” clarified Congress MLA Vinay Kulkarni. 

Stay up to date on all the latest Karnataka news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp