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‘Bisexual’ Delhi doctor accused of killing colleague in 2017 still at large — CBI charge sheet

Dr Shashwat Pande was found dead at St Stephen’s Hospital in August 2017. CBI filed a charge sheet in the case in July this year, saying investigation into the case will continue.

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New Delhi: More than two years after taking over the probe into the murder of a 26-year-old radiologist, whose body was found at St Stephen’s Hospital in Delhi with multiple stab wounds and his throat slit, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed a charge sheet in the case, stating that the accused could not be traced.

The charge sheet filed in early July before a CBI court, however, said the investigation into the case will continue, sources told ThePrint.

Dr Shashwat Pande, a final-year radio diagnosis student, was found dead inside the CT scan lab of St Stephen’s Hospital in August 2017 with 20 stab wounds, including on his private parts, neck, chest, thigh, back and face.

The prime suspect in the case was another doctor of the hospital, Dr Suyash Gupta, who was allegedly bisexual and had been stalking the victim for the past two years, said a source.

Gupta went missing soon after the incident, and has remained untraceable.

The case was initially being probed by the Delhi Police, but was transferred to the CBI in August 2018.

According to the source, the agency has sufficient evidence to prove Gupta’s involvement in the murder though it had been unable to trace him.

In the charge sheet, the CBI charged Gupta with murder and disappearance of evidence, and said the investigation and efforts to trace Gupta would continue.

“Under section 173 (8) of CrPC, we have kept the investigation into the case open,” the source said.

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Gupta was violent, obsessed’

During the investigation, the CBI claimed to have found forensic proof and circumstantial evidence to prove Gupta’s involvement in the murder.

A second source said Gupta’s notes on dialogues from Akshay Kumar-starrer Dhadkan — for instance, “Tum meri nahi ho payi, toh kisi ki nahi ho sakhti (If you can’t be mine, you can never be someone else’s), referring to Pande — were found.

The hospital staff, including nurses at the hospital, have also told investigators that Gupta often turned violent. The hospital administration had even set up an inquiry against Gupta for his alleged misbehaviour.

In July 2017, Gupta had allegedly stopped Pandey from performing a CT-guided biopsy procedure on a patient. An altercation between the two had then taken place in the presence of a consultant. After Gupta turned abusive with the head of the radiology department as well, he was asked to leave.

Gupta was suspended and an inquiry initiated against him. He was also not allowed on the campus following the incident, the source said. 

Pande complained about Gupta multiple times

Pande had complained to the hospital authorities on several occasions about Gupta’s behaviour and the harassment he was facing, the second source said.

“Gupta’s violent behaviour was known to everyone in the hospital. What enraged Gupta was also how the hospital staff favoured Pande,” the source added.

Pande also had a heated argument with Gupta over the former’s friendship with a nurse at the hospital months before the murder, said the source.

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  1. Is the print trying to imply that the bisexuality contributed to the murder? Please do add ‘heterosexual’ in quotes next to all your other murders and do a tally to see how many are present on either side. Then maybe we can conclude that being straight makes you murderous.

  2. I just feel that the ‘bisexual’ detail was unnecessary. I have particularly liked how The Print has reacted to the SSR case blowing up. And I am a loyal subscriber. I wonder how the bisexual detail is adding to the article. Except as clickbait.

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