The man with
sticky fingers with neither friends nor sympathy
watched, horrified. He could be seen licking his fingers and counting the
wad of notes. He was a picture of sleaze and grease, ruthless in his admission
that he took money to certify women insane. Women he had never met.Women
he had never even glanced at. Women who are innocent, weak. In so many ways,
that picture told the story. But what is Dr SK Gupta, senior psychiatrist
at Agra’s mental asylum all about? Where is this man coming from?
What is his background?
The grease and the sleaze has stuck. Gupta proved more of his guilt by running
away as soon as the images captured by the camera began to hit television
screens. He is still absconding. A notice that is now pasted at his residence’s
gate reads, “You are directed to appear before the enquiry committee
on July 9 by 11am to present your point of view or it will be considered
that you have no explanation to offer in your defence.”
There are few in Agra’s mental asylum who have a kind word for Gupta
who has been working there for nine long years. Hospital records bear witness
to the fact that he had been ticked off on more than one occasion. They
also bear testimony to the fact that his salary was cut as a penalty but
that didn’t stop Gupta from doing a rethink on a morally unethical
side practice he had mastered the art of.
He was even caught in internal enquiries set up to determine the validity
of certificates he so confidently produced in courts of law. Dr OP Gangil,
the senior psychiatrist who found Gupta guilty of issuing a false certificate
in the blood-chilling dowry death case (see main story) says, “I asked
him about his falsehoods but he shot back saying it was his business what
he did outside office hours.” Brijesh Agarwal, a medical officer at
the asylum, is angry that Gupta has given a bad name to their institution
and is hoping that he is caught and punished. Other colleagues say he had
a lust for money and no emotions.
July 17, 2004