The Gorakhpur police has completed its investigation and filed a chargesheet against all the nine accused in the case, including three other doctors besides Khan.
The court said Khan was kept in prison even as he was “not stated to be part of the tendering process” of the company supplying medical oxygen to the hospital.
Kafeel Khan has been lodged in a Gorakhpur jail since September 2, 2017, after being arrested on charges of criminal conspiracy, attempt to commit culpable homicide and criminal breach of trust by public servant, among others.
In a letter from jail, dated April 18 and released to the media by Khan’s wife Shabista at the Press Club of India on Saturday, the paediatrician wrote that he was on sanctioned leave on August 10, 2017, when news reached him about the deaths, and he “rushed” to the hospital.
The Allahabad High Court had on February 13 rejected the bail petition of Manish Bhandari, saying, “the court is inclined to accept the submission that custodial interrogation of the accused may still be warranted and it would not be appropriate to grant him bail at this stage”.
More than 60 children had died at Gorakhpur’s Baba Raghav Das Medical College within a week in August, 2017. There were allegations that the deaths occurred due to disruption in oxygen supply over unpaid bills to the vendor.
Between August 7 and August 11 in 2017 over 60 children had died at the Baba Raghav Das Medical College in Gorakhpur. Initially it was reported that the deaths were caused because the hospital had run out of oxygen supply for the patients.
While the initiative will seek to reduce pressure on BRD Medical College, the shortage of specialised doctors is a hurdle.
After reports that 70 children died at Baba Raghav Das Medical College in Gorakhpur in the first five days of this month, rekindling the August horror, the government is planning steps to strengthen medical and health services at the periphery
The BRD Medical College hit the headlines earlier in August when 63 children, including infants, died within a span of one week due to disruption of oxygen supply by the vendor. The FIR was lodged against nine people.
Sanjay Tripathi was nabbed from Cantonment area — the sixth arrest in the case.SSP, Gorakhpur, Satyarth Aniruddha Pankaj said they caught Sanjay while he was trying to move to a hideout.
Following a tip-off, Sudhir Kumar Pandey was arrested from Khajanchi crossing in Shahpur, said Abhishek Kumar Singh, the investigating officer of the case and also the circle officer.
This comes weeks after more than 60 children died at the hospital in a span of five days allegedly due to lack of liquid oxygen. The government has maintained that the children died due to medical causes, including Japanese Encephalitis.
The death of children in BRD Hospital was not just due to inadequate oxygen supply. It is also because of a system collapsing under severe financial strain
Akhilesh Yadav said that the pension component of the award, which is Rs 50,000, apart from a one-time reward of Rs 11 lakh, could even be doubled by the present dispensation.