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Two doctors remain in jail after being charged in gang sex assault and drugging

Suganthan Kayilasanathan, 32, left, and Amitabh Chauhan, 32, have been charged as part of a sexual assault investigation.

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Two Ontario doctors accused of drugging and sexually assaulting a young woman will start the week in jail while a police investigation into allegations against the pair continue.

The doctors, both men, were arrested Friday and charged with gang sexual assault and administering a noxious substance. They are alleged to have drugged a 23-year-old woman by slipping an unknown substance into her drink at a downtown bar near Wellington Street West and Spadina Avenue. The pair allegedly met the woman at a hotel bar nearby and offered to provide her with career advice.

Police have said they men knew each other because they are in similar fields; Toronto Police Detective Daniel Luff told reporters that police are concerned that the doctors had access to a variety of drugs and "there may be other victims and we would like them to come forward."

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Currently, the only allegations to be made public are those concerning the 23-year-old victim. Both doctors appeared in court for a bail hearing Saturday, which was adjourned until Wednesday morning. A publication ban prevents the release of further details related to that hearing as well as anything that might identify the victim.

In a telephone interview Sunday morning, lawyer Sean Robichaud, who represents one of the doctors, Amitabh Chauhan, said his client intends to fight the charges.

"All I can say is that Dr. Chauhan looks forward to contesting these allegations in court when the time comes," he said.

Amitabh Chauhan, 32, of Ancaster, is listed with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario as a postgraduate student at McMaster University with the Department of Plastic Surgery. He graduated from McMaster University in 2010.

The second accused, Suganthan Kayilasanathan, 32, of Markham, is listed with the College of Physicians and Surgeons as a family physician practising at a Markham medical office near Markham Road and Sheppard Avenue East. He graduated from the Caribbean's Medical University of the Americas in 2007.

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