Police have registered a case against a 55-year-old man for allegedly treating patients by using the degree of a dead doctor here in Maharashtra, an official said on Sunday.
The accused, Vinod Rai, had studied only till Class 10 and was treating patients at a hospital in Ulhasnagar town for the last two years on the registration of a doctor who died in 2019, Ulhasnagar police station’s senior inspector Madhukar Kad said.
A medical officer of the Ulhasnagar civic body came across the fraud during an inspection and lodged a police complaint.
Earlier yesterday, Mumbai Crime Branch arrested five quacks from Goregaon, for allegedly running a medical clinic without a valid degree. Based on a tip-off, the crime branch officials acted as a patient and went to the clinics to arrest them.
When the crime branch officials asked for a degree, no one was able to produce the degree as they had none and one of the accused used to treat people as a compounder.
The police have registered a case under Section 419, 420 and 336 of the Indian Penal Code and Section 33 and 36 of the Maharashtra Medical Practitioner Act.