C Times, 18 August 2017, Agartala
On Friday, the Allahabad High Court directed the Uttar Pradesh government and the State’s director general of medical education to file a detailed counter affidavit within six weeks on a PIL on the death of children in a state-run hospital in Gorakhpur.
The bench of Justices Vikram Nath and Daya Shankar Tiwari passed the order on the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by activist Nutan Thakur after hearing her, Advocate General Raghavendra Pratap Singh and Medical Education Counsel Sanjoy Bhasin.
The Advocate General opposed the petition, saying the state government has taken every possible measure in the matter and shall take all possible action as per the report submitted by the Chief Secretary.
Mr Nutan Thakur contended that the action of the state government so far gave a message that it was trying to hide facts and shield the guilty.
Until Thursday, the death toll in the BRD hospital since August 7 was 70 due to various causes including encephalitis.
Sixty children died between August 7 and 11 in BRD Hospital, Gorakhpur. While 30 died in two days, August 10 and 11, allegedly due to lack of oxygen following non-supply of cylinders by the contractor of non-payment of dues, 12 died due to AES (Acute Encephalitis Syndrome) and the remaining due to other causes, a claim dismissed by the Uttar Pradesh government.
The Lucknow bench of the High Court fixed October 9 as the next date of hearing.