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Kafeel Khan seeks UP govt’s apology, CBI investigation after inquiry clears him of child deaths

More than 60 children died at BRD Medical college due to oxygen shortage and Dr Kafeel Khan was accused of dereliction of duty. He spent nine months in jail for the same.

india Updated: Sep 27, 2019 15:11 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Khan has blamed the state government for keeping him in the dark about being absolved of the allegations made against him for around five months. (ANI UP Photo)
Khan has blamed the state government for keeping him in the dark about being absolved of the allegations made against him for around five months. (ANI UP Photo)
         

Two years after he was first suspended and then jailed for medical negligence, corruption at Gorakhpur’s BRD medical college, a departmental enquiry has absolved Dr Kafeel Khan of all those charges.

More than 60 children died at BRD Medical college due to oxygen shortage and Dr Kafeel Khan was accused of dereliction of duty. He spent nine months in jail for the same.

He has now demanded a CBI probe into the tragedy.

Interestingly, investigating officer Himanshu Kumar, Principal Secretary (Stamps and Registration Department) had submitted the probe report into the deaths to the Medical Education Department on April 18, 2019. But neither did the Uttar Pradesh government take any action on it, nor did it make the report public.

Khan has blamed the state government for keeping him in the dark about being absolved of the allegations made against him for around five months.

“While the government has not been able to pin down the actual culprit yet, I have been made the scapegoat. The report was not sent to me in all these months. Now, the Medical Education Department has asked me to come forth to present my case on the private practice issue, which is not even related to the tragedy,” he said.

“The government should tender an apology, provide victims with compensation and get the incident probed by the CBI,” he added.

The 15-page report does not hold Khan guilty of “medical negligence” and says that he had made all efforts to control the situation when the hospital was dealing with oxygen shortage for 54 hours between August 10 and 11, 2017.

The report however, does accuse Khan of being involved in private practice till August 2016.

As per the investigation report, Khan was not the nodal medical officer in-charge of the Encephalitis Ward at BRD Hospital and that the documents contesting the same provided by the Department were “inadequate and inconsistent.”

It clarifies that Khan had informed his seniors of the oxygen shortage, providing the inquiry officer with call details of the same and also presenting proof of providing seven oxygen cylinders in his personal capacity, on the night of the tragedy.

The death of children due to oxygen shortage in August 2017 had become a major issue for the Yogi Adityanath government, which had been sworn in barely five months prior to the tragedy.

The state government suspended Khan blaming him squarely for the tragedy.

(With inputs from IANS)

First Published: Sep 27, 2019 15:10 IST

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