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Gorakhpur infant deaths case: Allahabad HC grants bail to Dr Kafeel Khan

The Allahabad high court on Wednesday granted bail to Dr Kafeel Khan, who had been booked in connection with the death of children due to lack of oxygen at the Gorakhpur BRD Medical College last August.

Earlier, Dr Kafeel Khan - who has been in jail for past seven months in the BRD Medical College case involving death of 63 children due to disruption in oxygen supply - had been brought to Gorakhpur district hospital for medical checkup under strict security on April 19.

Dr Khan was brought to the hospital two days after his wife had alleged that her jailed husband was being denied medical care.

The district hospital's cardiologist Dr K K Shahi had tested his blood pressure, carried out other tests and advised him to undergo complete lipid profile test to ascertain risks of heart ailments.

After the tests, the police tried to take him away without any media interaction but on the way from cardiology department to the police vehicle, he told reporters present there that he was being framed.

"It is complete administrative failure and I have been framed. When the budget was not released from higher level, where from the payment could have been made (for oxygen cylinders)?" he asked.

Asked if the jail administration was providing medicines to him, he replied in the affirmative.

"Yes, they are giving (medicines)," he said.

Soon after, the police bundled him into the vehicle and drove away.

Dr Khan's wife Dr Shabistan Khan on Tuesday had alleged at a press conference at her home that her husband and other doctors were being denied medical care in jail.

The district prison authorities, however, had rejected the charges.

In her press conference, Dr Shabistan had apprehended that the doctors lodged in the prison might be "killed."

She said her husband suffered a heart stroke on March 29 but was not given proper treatment.

"Former BRD Medical College principal, Dr Rajiv Mishra, is suffering from liver disease and diabetes but he is also not getting proper medical attention," she had claimed.

She had also said another accused, Dr Purnima Shukla, who is suffering from a hairline fracture, was also not getting the requisite medical attention.

Dr Kafeel is among the nine accused in the BRD Medical College and Hospital case involving death of 63 children, including infants, in August 2017 due to disruption in supply of oxygen owing to non-payment of dues to the vendor.

The state-run medical college is the single largest government-aided facility in Gorakhpur which also attends to the patients from nearby areas like Maharajganj, Deoria, Kushinagar, Basti, Siddharthnagar, Sant Kabirnagar, Ballia, certain areas of Bihar like Gopalganj and Siwan, besides border areas in neighboring Nepal.