Thalassemic kids’ case: HC reserves verdict on PIL demanding CBI probe

A division bench of the Gujarat High Court on Friday reserved its verdict on a petition that demands CBI probe into the criminal case whereby 23 Thalassemic children from Junagadh were tested HIV positive allegedly due to negligence of authorities after undergoing blood transfusion at a private blood bank inside Junagadh Civil Hospital.

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published:June 23, 2012 5:28 am

A division bench of the Gujarat High Court on Friday reserved its verdict on a petition that demands CBI probe into the criminal case whereby 23 Thalassemic children from Junagadh were tested HIV positive allegedly due to negligence of authorities after undergoing blood transfusion at a private blood bank inside Junagadh Civil Hospital.

The bench comprising of acting Chief Justice Bhaskar Bhattacharya and Justice J B Pardiwala reserved the judgment after hearing the state government,the petitioners,and central government. The state government has vehemently opposed the demand of transferring the case to the CBI.

Not happy with the investigation of the case,the bench had recently asked the state government to explain as to why the investigation should not be handed over to the CBI.

In February this year,the HC had ordered the state government to register an FIR in the case against those responsible on the basis of complaint lodged by the parents of the victim children. The court had also ordered to get the investigation supervised by a senior police officer of Deputy Inspector General of Police rank.

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