Sunil Pal, an Indian comedian, and actor, was arrested for allegedly uploading a video on social media a fortnight ago that went viral in which he said that 90% of doctors dressed in “demon suit” scare patients suffering from COVID-19 from morning to evening, and that the individual dies of fear by the end of the day. Pal also said that these doctors are thieves who are uninterested in the plight of the poor. After reviewing the alleged video that was first seen by chairman Dr Sudhir Naik on April 20, Andheri police lodged an FIR against Pal on May 4 based on a complaint filed by Dr Sushmita Bhatnagar, president of the Association of Medical Consultants (Mumbai).
Rebutting the blames, Pal told Times of India on Thursday, “I have also put another video apologizing if anyone has got hurt with the video. But I still stand by my comments because doctors were considered as God. During these tough times, poor people are made to suffer and I have mentioned in the video 90% of doctors are dressed in demons and the rest there are still 10% doctors who are doing their duty to serve people. There is no need for doctors to get hurt if they are serving and doing their duty sincerely. ”
Dr Bhatnagar’s complaint was “for posting defamatory speech on social media.” Andheri police senior inspector Vijay Belge confirmed the FIR filed against Pal who has been booked under the IPC sections 500 (defamation) and 505 (2) (public mischief) but has not been arrested. “Action will be initiated after collection of evidence,” said another officer.