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Plea in Delhi HC seeks court-monitored investigation into Jaipur Golden Hospital deaths

ANI | Updated: Jun 04, 2021 14:58 IST

New Delhi [India], June 4 (ANI): The Delhi High Court on Friday issued notice on a petition seeking a court-monitored investigation into the deaths that took place at the Jaipur Golden Hospital on April 23 and 24.
The petition was filed by family members of nine victims through Advocate Utsav Bains.
Justice Rekha Palli on Friday sought responses from the Centre, the Delhi Government and the Jaipur Golden Hospital on a petition seeking a court-monitored CBI probe into deaths at the hospital.
The Court asked petitioners who have been orphaned to make representation to respondents to provide the necessary help and scheduled the next date for August 28.
The petitioners have prayed for direction for a Court monitored CBI or SIT investigation into the deaths that took place in the respondent hospital on April 23 and April 24 and a report to this Court in a time-bound manner.
The petition also sought to seize CCTV footage and other important records of April 23 and April 24 from the Jaipur Golden Hospital and quash the report dated May 2 submitted by the Government of NCT of Delhi (Three Members Committee Report).
The petition also sought compensation for the families of the victims for violation of their fundamental rights guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution, and to provide monthly sustenance allowance to the single parent, orphans, or to the families who have lost their earning member due to inaction of the respondents.

It also sought direction to the respondents to initiate action against the erring officials responsible for non-supply of oxygen.
"In the present case, the petitioners herein are the dependent/family members of deceased victims who have lost their lives in the intervening night of 23/24.04.2021 due to failure to provide Oxygen by the respondents. The unfortunate incident of death of the family members of the petitioners took place due to deliberate inaction and failure of the Respondents to provide adequate oxygen to the patients of Covid-19 having knowledge that any shortage of oxygen supply would cause the immediate death of the patients," said the petition.
The petitioners submitted that inaction and failure to provide adequate supply of oxygen in spite of having knowledge that any shortage of oxygen would be fatal for the life of Covid patients and immediately cause their death, the respondents herein have rendered themselves not only liable to pay compensation to the families of the deceased victims but also for criminal prosecution.
The petitioners submitted that the Report prepared by the Committee is erroneous and has been prepared in order to favour the Delhi government. They further submitted that the cause of the death of the deceased has been mentioned as respiratory failure by the doctors for the reason that proper oxygen supply was not given to the deceased on time.
"It is the case of the hospital that when the oxygen supply did not come on time the deceased were put on oxygen cylinders, however, the requisite pressure was not there and due to same, the patients died while suffocating for oxygen," they said.
The observation by the committee that the patients were receiving some form of oxygen therapy has been made to mislead the Court, the petition said, adding that the Committee did not examine the issue of demand and supply of oxygen to the Hospital and also has not taken statements by families of victims on record.
According to petition, on May 2, the Three-Member Committee prepared its report and submitted the same to the Court. As per the report, the patients who died due to shortage of oxygen as per the claims of the Jaipur Golden Hospital, were receiving some form of oxygen therapy and ventilatory supports and there was no mention of shortage of oxygen in any of the case sheets though the reason of death in all 21 cases was mentioned as respiratory failure in the proforma submitted by the Hospital.
As per the petition, the committee Report further recorded that many of the reported patients had one or multiple comorbidities and the Report finally concluded that there is lack of evidence suggestive of oxygen shortage and thus, the cause of death could not be ascertained. (ANI)