The Supreme Court on Thursday permitted three postgraduate medical students accused in the death by suicide of their junior, Payal Tadvi, to complete nine months remaining in their course from their college in Mumbai. Adding a rider, the court asked the trio not to influence any witness, and to keep themselves away from the college and hospital as much as possible. The accused — Hema Ahuja, Bhakti Mehare and Ankita Khandelwal — had completed two out of three years of the course at Topiwala National Medical College, Mumbai, in April 2019. They were working as residents in BYL Nair Charity Hospital, attached to the college.
The three had approached the SC seeking relaxation of a condition imposed by Bombay High Court, which, while granting them bail in August 2019, said they “shall not enter into the jurisdiction of Agripada Police Station (where the case is registered) and, more particularly, Topiwala National Medical College (B.Y.L. Nair Ch. Hospital)”.