Paediatrician Kafeel Khan of Gorakhpur’s BRD Medical College and Hospital, who was suspended in 2017 after the deaths of children allegedly due to oxygen shortage, has been dismissed from service by the UP government.
“He (Dr Khan) has been dismissed from the service as per procedure. He has been dismissed in connection with the incident in 2017 at BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur. It was a part of the disciplinary proceedings against him,” Additional Chief Secretary (Information) Navneet Sehgal said Thursday.
Khan said in a video statement on Thursday that he was terminated from service despite “not a single evidence” against him. He said that the “real culprits” of the “tragedy are still roaming free” and that he will approach the courts after he gets the official dismissal order.
Khan, who was arrested after children died at BRD Medical College allegedly due to disruption in oxygen supply in August 2017, was suspended and attached to the office of Director (Medical Education). Two years later, he was again suspended for allegedly misbehaving with staff at Bahraich District Hospital.
This year, the Allahabad High Court stayed the UP government’s order suspending Dr Khan for the second time and assailed the government on the ground that no inquiry had been concluded against him even after more than two years. The HC also directed the UP government to conclude the probe related to the 2019 suspension within a month. On August 6, the government told the HC that a departmental re-inquiry ordered against Khan had been withdrawn and the government was likely to decide on his suspension in three months.
A senior government official on Thursday said Khan was dismissed after an inquiry found him guilty. “The three charges against Dr Khan were running a private practice, not informing senior officials about the shortage of oxygen in the hospital, and non-discharge of duties,” the official said, adding that another inquiry against the doctor is at a final stage. “As the matter is sub-judice, the detailed information about Dr Khan’s dismissal will be given to the Allahabad High Court where the matter is being heard,” the official added.
Congress’ Priyanka Gandhi Vadra hit out at the UP government and said the move was “motivated by a hate agenda”.