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Gorakhpur tragedy: Supreme Court declines to hear plea, asks petitioner to approach High court

Supreme Court on Monday declined a plea to take Suo moto cognizance of incidents of tragic death of children in Gorakhpur hospital and also asked the petitioner to approach the High Court for the matter.

Hearing the plea that also asked for a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the death of over 60 children within a week, the Chief Justice of India (CJI) Jagdish Singh Khehar asked the petitioner to approach HC and said “UP CM personally taking interest”.

Notably, the children in the government-run Baba Raghav Das Medical College hospital in Gorakhpur constituency belonging to CM Yogi Adityanath allegedly died due to the disruption of oxygen supply.

The deaths have created furore across the nation, with the opposition cornering the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) government in the state demanding resignation from of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and state Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh on the moral grounds following the tragedy that has exposed the apathy of the failed medical system.

However, UP CM Yogi Adityanath, rejecting the reports of lack of oxygen supply said on Saturday that a committee has been set up under the Chief Secretary to go into the gas supplier’s role and other lapses.

Meanwhile, UP government has also suspended BRD College Principal Rajiv Mishra on grounds of negligence and administrative lapses relating to delayed payment to the gas supplier.

CM Adityanath, after he along with Union Health Minister JP Nadda visited the hospital on Sunday while blaming encephalitis as the root cause of most of the deaths, attacked Congress and said that when Ghulam Nabi Azad was Union Health Minister in UPA government, he told him (Yogi Adityanath) that nothing can be done about the Encephalitis issue as the matter was under state government.

“He came here and said that we can’t do anything in the matter because it is a state matter,” said UP CM.

Yogi also added, “Those whose sensitivity has died are now trying to add salt to the wound by raising the sensitive issue unnecessarily.”

Speaking to the media, Yogi appealed to the people to wait for the result of the probe committee before jumping to any conclusion.

He assured that if anyone’s negligence has caused death to anyone in the hospital, the guilty no matter in what in part of the state, won’t be spared.

Congress, on the other hand, calling the deaths ‘massacre’, has demanded a Supreme Court monitored probe into the matter.

First Published | 14 August 2017 11:55 AM
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