New Delhi, Jun 4 (ILNS) The Delhi High Court today issued notice to Jaipur Golden hospital, for purportedly leading to loss of lives of their patients due to shortage of oxygen.
A Single-Judge Bench of Justice Rekha Palli issued notice to the respondent hospital, who purportedly have lost the lives of their patients due to the shortage of oxygen.
The plea said that unfortunate deaths on the midnight of April 23 and 24, of the family members of the petitioners, had taken place on the account of deliberate inaction and failure on part of the Respondents, who were well-conversant with the fact that any shortage of oxygen supply would cause immediate death of the patients and therefore, the vehement submission for the Counsel of the petitioner was that the respondent hospital in specific must be booked for its inaction and the respondents in toto were liable to be prosecuted under Section 304 of IPC and must pay compensation to the petitioners.
The unfortunate demise had also left many children orphans the petitioner informed the Court. The bench was inclined to help the petitioner and hence while issuing notice to the respondent. Kiritman Singh and Aditya P Khanna, who accepted notice on behalf of respondent no. 1&2 and respondent no.3&4 respectively, directed to file the counter affidavit within 4 weeks, rejoinder, thereto, be filed within two weeks.
The Court left the recourse and the liberty to the petitioner to approach respondent 3 and 4 to avail any benefit that they perhaps could offer the petitioners. The contentions of the petitioner pertinently were that the aforementioned patients did not suffer from any prior comorbidities and were solely being treated for COVID-19 and have died to the sole reason of shortage of oxygen supply, whereas it has been submitted by the respondent hospital that the reason of the death was respiratory failure.
The petitioner, in order to support their claim in their plea, averred that on April 24, 2021, Deep Baluja, Director of the Respondent Hospital, made a statement to the media that oxygen supply at the hospital was over at 10 pm and they tried to attach the cylinders, but there was drop in oxygen pressure and the patients could not survive, following which the Respondent came before this Court on April 24, 2021 and stated that 21 people have died due to the shortage of oxygen and sought direction for proper supply in order to prevent any untoward incident, if the cause of death was otherwise.
The humble prayers of the petitioner is to quash the erroneous report dated May 2, 2021 made by the three-member committee, which was constituted by the Government of NCT of Delhi and a fresh Court-Monitored investigation ought to be taken by the CBI SIT as to find out the clear picture of the death of the family members of the petitioners.
Followed by seeking directions to the Respondents to compensate with monthly sustenance to the families of the victims who are orphans, single parents or lost their sole bread winner of the family to adequately compensate them pursuant to which the petitioner sought the prayer to initiate action against the erring officials responsible for non-supply of oxygen.
The Court was told that the second wave of the pandemic has witnessed much disrupt in the country with leaving many children orphan and the Government of NCT has extended their concern for such orphans and to the families who have lost their earning member due to the pandemic. The Court was inclined to believe that the respondent will come up with efficacious remedy to support the petitioners. The matter is listed for August 28. ILNS/KR/RJ