“He [Vyawahare] is running the system, so in that system other people have to find ways to survive,” another former colleague had told me, “You can move mountains, you can say what you want … but the end result is zero" He added,"Kehte hai har kisi ke paap ka ghada kabhi na kabhi toh bhar jaata hai, lekin inke ghade mein to shayad neeche gaddha bana hua hai," he added. (They say that everyone’s vessel of sin overflows someday, but it looks like there is a hole in the bottom of his vessel).
The quasi-judicial functions of this council include prescribing an ethical code for over 80,000 doctors across the state. Vyawahare was reportedly the only doctor from government service among the five people included by Fadnavis in this round of nominations.
After a brief year away following the inquiry and the strikes, Vyawahare is now the head of the forensic department at another government college in Nagpur, the IGGMC. In Aug 2017, Devendra Fadnavis nominated him, alongside four others, to the Maharashtra Medical Council.
The committee’s finding in this matter: “This is true, all students have mentioned in their submission. The professors in the department have accepted that this is true and have mentioned that Dr. Vyawahare asks them to write [the reports] his way..."
Besides these charges, there were reportedly 17 serious allegations against [Vyawahare] in terms of changing the post-mortem reports. The fifth complaint listed in an inquiry report constituted by the GMC after a state-wide strike by doctors in 2015 reads:“Department Head Dr. M. S. Vyawahare, though he is not present in person during the post-mortem, compels [one] to forcibly make changes in PM report, and if this is not done, hurls verbal abuses in front of everybody.”
In November 2015,a student of GMC attempted suicide because of the harassment he faced from Vyawahare.A woman student also came forward.Vyawahare "would often touch her inappropriately, make indecent comments about her appearance and often asked her to accompany him to parties."
Denying the smell, and thus, the possibility of suicide, the employee said, could “reduce the number of farmer suicides… and there is a political background to that.” Vyawahare is the brother-in-law of Sudhir Mungantiwar: Maharashtra's Minister of Finance, Planning, and Forests
One of his former colleagues told me that when he was preparing the reports for three deaths related to poisoning, Vyawahare had forced him to change the smell that the doctor had inferred from the stomach tissue in 2 of the 3 corpses from "insecticidal" to "aromatic. "
The story revealed how Vyawahare—then a senior member of the forensic dept at GMC Nagpur—forcefully omitted details of a head injury from Loya's post-mortem. But as we highlighted, he had allegedly been fudging autopsy reports much before that: specifically those of farmers.
The NCRB data on farmer suicides, its omissions on the reasons, and Maharashtra's overwhelming representation in those figures reminded me of a key character from The Caravan's investigation into Judge Loya's death: Dr Makarand Vyawahare. (1/n)
Staff Writer, The Caravan
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