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Supreme Court Refuses To Intervene In Gorakhpur Hospital Case

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| August 14 , 2017 , 14:03 IST

While death toll continues to rise in Gorakhpur's BRD Hospital, the Supreme Court on Monday, refused to interfere in the case, saying that the Uttar Pradesh government was handling the case and that any grievances should be brought up with the Allahabad High Court.

A lawyer, seeking Supreme Court's intervention into the Baba Raghav Das Hospital case, where more than 60 children died within a period of five days due to the alleged lack of oxygen in the facility, mentioned the issue in front of a bench comprising of Chief Justice of India Justice J S Khehar and Justice Chandrachud.

The lawyer, on Monday, asked the Supreme Court bench to order a Special Investigation Team probe into the matter, to which the top court responded negatively saying the UP government is handling the situation.

The state government has already ordered an investigation into the matter with UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath saying that anyone found guilty will not be spared. The Chief Minister on Sunday visited the hospital along with Union minister JP Nadda, who said that the state government has "full support" from the centre.

Earlier, over 60 children had died at Gorakhpur's Baba Raghav Das Medical College. While the parents are claiming that the deaths were caused due to the lack of oxygen in the facility, the  hospital authorities are denying the allegations.

Notably, the oxygen supply in the hospital is disrupted by the vendor as the healthcare facility is behind on the distributer's payment. According to Pushpa Private Limited, the oxygen distributor, the hospital, as on August 1, owed Rs 63 lakh, pending since six months.

The state government also supported the hospital authorities' claim saying the deaths of children in the hospital was caused by the unhygienic condition in the state and encephalitis among other reasons. As the state expressed the need of a full-fledged Central Virus Research Centre to fight against vector borne disease in the state, the Centre has approved Rs 85 crore for the same.

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