Ajax doctor stripped of licence over allegations of sex abuse, harassment, drugging

Rajinder Singh Sekhon did not contest CPSO’s finding that he is incompetent and failed to maintain the standard of practice of the profession.

(By Toronto Star)

Rajinder Singh Sekhon’s actions as a physician were so egregious that a discipline panel of Ontario’s medical watchdog said it regretted that it could only revoke his licence once, and not multiple times.

“For such is the abhorrence the committee feels for the disgrace you have been to the profession of medicine,” panel chair Dr. Peeter Poldre told the Ajax doctor on Wednesday, after he was stripped of his licence at a discipline hearing at the Toronto headquarters of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO).

Sekhon pleaded no contest, meaning he was not admitting guilt, but did not contest the facts presented by the college’s lawyer, including that he sexually abused and harassed patients, inappropriately prescribed narcotics and obstructed the college’s investigation on numerous occasions.

He also did not contest the college’s finding that he is incompetent and failed to maintain the standard of practice of the profession.

“The committee is outraged by your long history of predatory behaviour in seeking sexual gratification from those who held you in a position of trust and power. You shockingly abused that power,” Poldre told Sekhon, who silently stood in front of the five-member panel.

“Your manipulation of narcotic prescribing to advance your sexual needs and your own drug-seeking and to garner personal financial gain is outrageous beyond belief.”

Sekhon, who had already resigned this summer, did not address the panel. His lawyer, Andrea Plumb, declined to comment afterward.

Both Plumb and college lawyer Morgana Kellythorne agreed on the penalty for Sekhon, which not only included revocation of his licence, but also that he pay $5,000 for the cost of the one-day hearing and present a letter of credit to the college for more than $80,000 to cover the therapy costs of the five patients he was found to have sexually abused.
“Dr. Sekhon has violated profoundly the fundamental tenets of ‘Do no harm,’” Kellythorne told the panel. “Through his conduct, he has shown himself to be ungovernable and betrayed his own profession.”

Sekhon’s misconduct stretched out over a number of years.

In the case of Patient D, whom he later dated and lived with for about two years, Sekhon provided a number of narcotics, including Oxycontin, Dilaudid, Demerol, Percocet and Fentanyl patches, according to a statement of uncontested facts filed at the disciplinary hearing.

He would supply these drugs in amounts of his choosing without actually writing prescriptions for her, according to the statement. He would also use the drugs himself and give and sell them to others.

In one instance, Patient D was with Sekhon at a hotel when she overdosed on Percocet that he had given her, according to the statement. But at the hospital, she followed Sekhon’s order to lie about what happened and said she had taken an unknown pill at a party.

On another occasion, “Dr. Sekhon tied Patient D to her bed, injected her with Demerol, and had sexual intercourse with her against her will while she remained tied to the bed,” Kellythorne told the panel.

According to Durham Regional Police, Sekhon has not been charged with a crime.

When a discipline panel makes a finding “related to any matter that raises issues of physician criminal actions,” the panel will file a report with the police, but will redact the complainant’s name if she or he does not give consent, said CPSO spokeswoman Kathryn Clarke.

She said the CPSO also suggests to the complainant that they may wish to file a report with the police themselves and that the college will assist the complainant in doing so.

Following Sekhon’s breakup with Patient D, he visited her and took two of her Fentanyl patches for himself. The woman provided college investigators with a photo of Sekhon, naked on her bed, with the patches applied to his buttocks.

The statement of uncontested facts demonstrates the great lengths Sekhon went to obstruct the college’s investigation and his attempts to threaten Patient D and her family. This included:

A threat to have her “red flagged” as a drug addict with hospitals.
Requiring Patient D to send the college a letter in October 2012 saying “Raj Sekhon never raped me or even gave me drugs!!”
Paying a lawyer to send a letter to the college indicating that Patient D was retracting her allegations;
Forcing Patient D to file a false complaint about a doctor identified only as Dr. Z, alleging that he had sexually abused her and provided her with narcotics. Sekhon “sought to retaliate” against Dr. Z, who had reported to the college allegations of sexual abuse of Patient D by Sekhon after she became Dr. Z’s patient.
This was another point addressed by the committee in its reprimand.

“The committee struggles to find words strong enough to describe your behaviour. The committee is disgusted by the number of individuals that you harmed and the multiplicity of ways in which you did so,” Poldre said.

“In the face of your regulator’s efforts, you embarked upon obstruction using harassment and threats toward the very patients you were abusing.”

Other instances of misconduct include:

“Very brief” documentation regarding one patient, who was sent to hospital unresponsive the day after his appointment with Sekhon and subsequently died. His condition is not disclosed in the statement of uncontested facts.
Making sexualized comments to his former office manager — who was also, for a time, his patient — that included: “Big breasts, love to hold them,” “New jeans — your ass looks good in them” and “Does Dr. Sekhon need to spank you?” He also referred to a Kim Kardashian photo when he asked the woman, known as Patient E, to send him a picture of her own oiled buttocks. She asked him to stop his behaviour and later quit the job.
Sekhon then filed a police report against Patient E, falsely alleging she had defrauded him. Police declined to press charges against her.

Asking another employee/patient, known as Patient F, to accompany him when he was conducting a Pap smear, telling her to “come and look at pussy” with him.
Referring to a Grade 11 student who he hired on part-time basis as “the bitch,” asking her if she would dance if he put on music and having her “tuck him in” with a blanket when he had his usual nap on the examination table.
The girl was fired after she expressed her concerns to the office manager, Patient E.

Fondled the breasts of Patient H, who he knew was addicted to narcotics, and told her — while he had an erection — that she could get any man she wanted. He also “sexualized” his examination of her rectum by leaning in and telling her she was a beautiful person.
Suggesting to Patient K, who was addicted to Oxycontin, that he should become a medical marijuana user and sell some of the marijuana and split the proceeds with Sekhon.
Of all the victims included in the statement of uncontested facts, only Patient H submitted a victim impact statement, which was read by the college’s lawyer. She wrote of how it took her years to trust her psychiatrist and family doctor and how she would relive the sexual abuse in her nightmares.

“I trusted you to take care of me, to make decisions always in my best interest,” she said. “Instead, you took advantage of me for your own personal pleasure. You are a monster. You should never be allowed to provide medical care to any women ever again. You use your medical practice to prey on vulnerable women, feeding them narcotics until they become addicted to the drugs.”

She accused him of never helping her when she confided that she was addicted to narcotics and of prescribing a sleeping pill even though he knew she had a drinking problem.

Patient H said she overdosed with her young children in bed with her, and that if it was not for one of her children going to the neighbour’s house, she would have died.

She wrote of the breakdown in her relationship, the loss of her job and being barred from contacting her young children, and of how she contemplated suicide.

“The pain became so great I carved ‘I hate you’ in my leg with a razor blade, desperate not to feel the emotional pain.”

Patient H is now employed, sees her children and helps other women who have been through similar situations. Despite everything, she said she forgives Sekhon.

“See, I had to find a way to forgive, the anger and pain I carried was eating my soul alive like a cancer,” she said. “I will pray for you that God gives you the strength to overcome your own personal addiction.”

Toronto shooting victim identified by father as Sukh Deo, former Vancouver gangster

Global News

 

The father of a man killed during a daylight shooting in a quiet Toronto neighbourhood has identified him as 35-year-old Sukh Deo, a reputed gangster from Vancouver’s Lower Mainland.

Toronto police have not yet identified Deo as the shooting victim but said a man was shot at close range through the driver’s side window of a luxury SUV in an alley on Cowbell Lane, near Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue, just before 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Parminder Singh Deo spoke to Global News by phone Wednesday and confirmed his son was fatally shot in Toronto Tuesday.

“We don’t have anything, we don’t know anything,” Deo said. “We just arrived here, so we don’t know anything yet.”

Sukh Deo made headlines in May when he was escorted out of his courtside seat at a Toronto Raptors playoff game for heckling referees.

Several members of the Deo family, including Sukh, were well-known to police in Metro Vancouver. His brother Harjit Singh Deo was convicted in 2007 for a 2005 kidnapping for ransom in which the victim was held inside the Deo family home in New Westminster.

Parminder Singh Deo is also wanted in an Interpol warrant from India with charges including narcotic drug smuggling, forgery, thefts, and criminal conspiracy.

In Toronto, police and nearby residents were shocked by the shooting.

“I was outside and we heard this loud, ‘Bang! Bang! Bang!’” said Jessie Leamon, who works in the area. “That’s where everyone in the office walks through so it’s scary.”

Two male suspects considered armed and dangerous were allegedly seen fleeing the area in a black car, with one spotted wearing a green construction vest and the other an orange construction vest.

“We will find out who you are and you will be arrested,” 53 Division Unit Commander Supt. Reuben Stroble said of the suspects. “Get a lawyer, turn yourself in.”

Investigators are speaking to witnesses and looking at surveillance footage in the area in an attempt to identify the suspects.

With files from Caryn Lieberman and John Daly

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Man shot, killed in broad daylight near busy Toronto intersection is a former gangster from Vancouver

By Kim Bolan,

A former Vancouver gangster was shot to death in Toronto Tuesday afternoon in a brazen attack that surprised even local police.

Sukh Deo, 34, was inside a white Range Rover when two men started firing at him just before 3 p.m. in an alley near the busy intersection of Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue.

Toronto police Supt. Reuben Stroble told reporters at the scene that the fatal shooting “is a big surprise for this area, especially at this time of day.”

The luxury vehicle had at least 14 bullet holes visible on the driver’s side window.

Sukh’s uncle, Sohan Deo, confirmed it was his nephew who was killed.

The dead man’s father Parminder got a call from someone in Ontario, Sohan Deo said, and headed to Vancouver airport to get a flight to Toronto. Parminder called his brother before he left.

“The family is very upset,” SohanDeo said. “It is terrible.”

He said his nephew, who was married with young children, had moved to Toronto a few years ago and was running a trucking company with a friend.

“I went there in May and I stayed with him a few days. He took me to where those trucking businesses are,” Deo said, adding that he has no idea why his nephew would have been targeted.

“I really can’t say anything. It’s hard for me to say anything because he was over there.”

Sukh Deo was well-known to police in the Lower Mainland, where he was a suspect in at least one continuing investigation at the time of his murder. He had convictions in B.C. for resisting a police officer, driving while suspended and assault.

His brother Harjit was convicted in a 2005 gangland kidnapping along with others in the Independent Soldiers gang. The kidnap victim had been held in the garage of the Deo family home in New Westminster, B.C., where police later arrested several suspects.

Sukh’s father Parminder is wanted on an Interpol warrant on drug smuggling charges laid in India. He earlier told the Vancouver Sun he was innocent and had hired a lawyer in the Punjab to fight the case.

SukhDeo was an avid fan of the Toronto Raptors, his uncle said. Just last month, he was ejected from his courtside seat at Game 4 of the Raptors’ playoff series against the Cleveland Cavaliers after heckling the referees.

YouTube Sukh Deo ejected from a Toronto Raptors game last month.

“All our kids, they watched him on that day,” Deo said. “He was a really big fan of that team. He always goes to watch the games.”

Toronto police said on Twitter that they’re looking for two men in Deo’s murder. They were seen fleeing the area in a black car. Both were wearing construction vests — one green and one orange.

Anyone with information about his murder is asked to call the Toronto Police Service homicide squad at 1-416-808-2222 or Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477.

Toronto taxi drivers charged in alleged scam involving debit cards

TORONTO — Two Toronto cab drivers are facing a total of 23 charges after allegedly taking part in a debit card fraud scheme.

Toronto police say the two men would take a customer’s debit card while it was being used to pay a fare, then switch it with a card that looked like it came from the same financial institution.

 

Police say they’ve been investigating the scheme since last fall and believe there may be other victims.

Muhammad Tariq, 26, and 25-year-old Ahmed Dogar are each facing multiple charges including counts of fraud and forgery.

The men are due to appear in court next month.

The Canadian Press

Indo-Canadian woman booked for husband’s murder, paid Rs 2.7 lakh to contract killer

More than two months after the body of an NRI, who was into property dealing in the district, was found in Sawara village in Kharar on March 16 with multiple stab wounds, the police have booked his wife Pawandeep Kaur (35) for murder and arrested four men who had planned the crime, including the contract killer.

Police claim that Pawandeep, a mother of two staying in Toronto, had an estranged relationship with her husband, Jaskaran Singh (38) and also wanted to grab his property.

The victim Jaskaran Singh and mastermind Pawandeep Kaur. (HT Photo)

By HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, SAS Nagar

Police also claim she was also having an affair with two of the men involved in the murder. She had paid Rs 2.75 lakh to the killers and had promised another Rs 25 lakh.

The accused have been identified as Lakhbir Singh (32), the contract killer; Davinder Singh alias Prince (25), Bhawanpreet Bhangu (25) and Gurpreet Singh alias Soni (25). Davinder holds a bachelor’s degree in computer applications (BCA) and worked with the Nawanshahr district transport office, Bhawanpreet Bhangu from Ropar is also a BCA; Gurpreet is a BCA and is a bus conductor at Ropar.

Killer posed as property buyer

On the day of the murder, contract killer Lakhbir approached Jaskaran as a property buyer and the duo decided to go take a round. At a vacant plot near the Government Middle School, Jaskaran was stabbed repeatedly with a knife and the body was dumped in the fields. His body was later spotted around 4am by a woman passerby.

“Pawandeep conspired to kill Jaskaran as they had an estranged relationship and she also wanted his property. The couple jointly owns a house in Toronto where she is presently living,” said SAS Nagar senior superintendent of police (SSP) Gurpreet Singh Bhullar.

He added that Pawandeep was having an affair with Gurpreet Singh alias Soni since 2013 and later also developed intimate relations with Bhangu, who introduced her to contract killer Lakhbir Singh.

Money transfer, the major clue

Bhullar added that since the murder appeared to be the work of a professional, from Day 1, the police did suspect the hand of a family member in crime and had been monitoring Pawandeep.

“Pawandeep transferred Rs 2 lakh to Bhangu through Western Union that alerted us. Another Rs 75,000 was sent directly to the account of contract killer Lakhbir,” the SPP added.

Killer fled to Delhi

After the brutal murder, Lakhbir fled from the district to Delhi in the victim’s Swift Dzire that has been recovered from his possession. He had fitted a fake registration plate and kept on using the car.

Mastermind wife did attend cremation

In a brazen show of overconfidence, Pawandeep, along with her children, had even visited the Swara village to attend the last rites of Jaskaran. Even as the police investigation is on, she had returned to Canada on the plea that her children had their exams. In fact, the unsuspecting father of Jaskaran had requested the police to allow her to leave. “We did suspect her, but did not have evidence to nail her. She was thus allowed to leave. We will approach the Canadian embassy for her arrest,” the SSP added.

Murder convict on parole is the killer

Lakhbir is a double murder convict serving life term and came out on parole in 2012 from the Patiala Jail. He is a proclaimed offender and figures as accused in four other cases.

Indo-Canadian woman charged for pretending to be nurse, giving Botox injections

Shiva Ashkani, 30, of Brampton, was arrested on August 23 and charged with two counts of criminal negligence causing bodily harm.

By  Riannon Westall

Toronto police have charged a woman for allegedly fraudulently portraying herself as a nurse and giving Botox injections.

According to police, the woman used Kijiji on July 7 and possibly other websites in the GTA to attract clients.

She allegedly met the clients at their home, business or a hotel and was paid thousands of dollars in cash for the service.

Most recently, police say she was providing injection services in a business in the Kipling Ave. and Queensway area.

Police say it’s not clear if the injected substances were Botox or if the medication was stored safely.

Two victims have sustained adverse reactions and possible long-term damaging effects from the procedure.

Shiva Ashkani, 30, of Brampton, was arrested on August 23 and charged with two counts of criminal negligence causing bodily harm.

She appeared in court on August 24.

Police believe there may be other victims and are urging anyone who has received this type of treatment from the accused to seek medical care.

Manasvi Noel is Miss India-Canada 2015

TORONTO: Manasvi Noel of Mississauga City has been crowned Miss India-Canada 2015 at the 25th edition of the annual beauty pageant organised here, a media report said.

During a night full of “entertainment, prestige and glamour all rolled up into one”, the Dubai-born Noel won the esteemed title, the final top contenders for which included Sharon Philipose, Kajill Aujila, Tanpreet Parmar and Priya Sharma, Canada-based the VOICE reported on Tuesday.
Sharon Philipose was adjudged the first runner-up, while Kajill Aujila was the first runner-up of the contest held during the weekend at the International Plaza Hotel here. This year marked the silver jubilee of the beauty pageant.

Organisers Sanjay Agnihotri and Gautam Sharma also presented the Special Achievement Award to Bollywood actress Preity Zinta for her contribution to Indian and international cinema.
Noel, a graduate from CIMT College’s Etobicoke School of the Arts in drama and acting, is currently studying media communications at Toronto’s Humber College.
She plans to have her own academy for freestyle dancing in which students can learn different Indian and traditional dance forms.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Toronto

Hordes of Modi admirers and some protesters made their way to Ricoh Coliseum Wednesday in Toronto.

Toronto is welcoming India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi with crowds of admirers — and protesters.

Modi and Prime Minister Stephen Harper landed in Toronto Wednesday afternoon, after Modi’s ceremonial welcome in Ottawa earlier today.

* India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in Canada on a three-day visit to Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver.

* This evening, he is set to unleash Modi-mania in Toronto on Wednesday evening, says reporter Raveena Aulakh, when he takes the stage at the Ricoh Coliseum. A crowd of about 8,000 supporters is expected.

* Toronto’s welcome is billed to be on the lines of his Madison Square address in New York last year, where he was cheered like a rock star by some 18,000 spectators.

* Modi, a divisive figure in India, is nevertheless considered a great orator.

* PM Harper is also expected to speak tonight.

Their meeting has already proven historically significant. It is the first bilateral meeting in Canada of an Indian prime minister since 1973, when former PM Pierre Elliot Trudeau met with India’s former PM, Indira Ghandi.

 The enigmatic leader of the second-most populous country in the world is likely to face hordes of admirers at Ricoh Coliseum on his stop Wednesday in Toronto.

Edgar Faleiro, an Indian Catholic, said that his feelings for Modi are mixed because he has seen the country become increasingly divided along religious lines under his leadership.

“He’s done well on the economic front,” Faleiro said.

“If he can stand and protect every community, that would be great.”

Modi is beloved by many, having earned a reputation for being a self-made man who began his career not in the lap of luxury, but as a tea seller.

“Every common man can relate to him,” said Pranit Patil, a supporter on the way to the Ricoh Coliseum where Modi will address an estimated crowd of 8,000 this evening.

“He’s a very honest fellow,” added Chandrakant Patil, who is also from Modi’s home province of Gujarat.

Modi’s visit is also expected to draw protestors, including Joyce Almeida who make the trek to Ricoh Coliseum.

“It’s not a protest so much as highlighting a concern. We Christians in India are a minority and we’re not being protected,” said Almeida, who moved here from Maharashtra, India five years ago.

Modi is a member of a Hindu nationalist party, accused in the past of aiding the killing of 1,000 Indian Muslims in communal riots in 2002 while he was chief minister of Gujarat. Modi has always denied involvement in the violence, and India’s Supreme Court has said there was no case to bring against him, but he was banned entry to Canada and the U.S. for 12 years as a suspected human rights abuser.

An organization called Sikhs for Justice has filed a complaint with the Attorney General of Canada requesting criminal proceedings against Modi.

With files from Star staff