A doctor who abused an off-duty officer of the London Underground police force is now suspended for six months

  • Yashvir Maharaj accompanied and repeated contact with the Tube-duty officer police officer
  • Following his conviction at Inner London Crown Court for sexual assault, he received a penalty
  • Last week, Doctor was brought before the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service Hearing
  • Majaraj was suspended by the panel from being a doctor for six-months

Six-month suspension has been imposed on a London Underground doctor for sexually assaulting an off duty officer of the police after the ‘bringing down the profession’.

Yashvir Mahraj was on the Tube and he tried several times to touch another passenger.

First, the Edinburgh-based doctor touched the officer’s right cheek. Then, he followed the man away.

Once, Maharaj was able to sway towards the officer’s waist and touch his ‘private parts.

Before boarding the train, Maharaj was taken off by the victim who explained that he was a police officer and then requested his personal details.

British Transport Police opened an investigation. Maharaj was later charged in the July 2019 incident.

After denying any wrongdoing, the accused was found guilty of sexual assault on a male aged over 16 years without penetration after a trial at Inner London Crown Court.

The doctor was fined £300, ordered to pay £200 in compensation to the police officer and a £32 victim surcharge.

Over the incident, he was brought before a Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service.

A British Transport Police officer checks that passengers are wearing face coverings on a Picadilly Line train on November 30 last year

An officer from the British Transport Police checks passengers’ face covers on Picadilly Line trains on November 30th last year

A British Transport Police sign on the back of an officer's high visibility jacket while on duty in central London (stock picture)

The British Transport Police logo is embroidered on the jacket of a high-visibility officer while they are on duty in central London. (stock photo)

Panel members heard Maharaj, who had graduated in 2000 from University of Kathmandu in Nepal. From October 2013, Maharaj worked in Edinburgh as a research doctor supervising drug trials.

Although his legal team acknowledged that his ability to be a doctor was impaired by his conviction for sexual assault, he argued that his competence was sufficient and there were no safety concerns.

The sexual assault had been described as minor by the victims. There is no risk of it repeating because Maharaj was forbidden from using public transport.

Aaminah Khan (chair of the MPTS panel) stated that Maharaj’s actions brought down the profession to ‘disrepute.

He said: ‘While Dr Maharaj’s offence occurred outside of the context of a clinical environment and no patients were affected, sexual assault against any member of the public is a serious breach of the standards expected of a doctor and inevitably brings the medical profession into disrepute and undermines public trust in the profession.

‘It is clear that Dr Maharaj’s conviction brings the profession into disrepute and that his actions breached a fundamental tenet of the medical profession.

“The tribunal found Dr Maharaj to have underestimated the individual concerns of patients. Accordingly, a rational and informed person would expect an impairment finding to be made in this instance, to highlight the seriousness and maintain proper standards within the medical profession.

Although the panel acknowledged that patient safety was not at risk, it said that a suspension order was required due to the seriousness of the conviction.

For six months Maharaj was prohibited from practicing.