Gorakhpur, UP: Gorakhpur police have dropped several charges including corruption and private practice against Dr Kafeel Ahmed Khan, the head of the encephalitis ward and a pediatrician BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur. Dr Khan one of the nine accused in the deaths of 33 infants’ at the Medical College between August 10 and 11.
After the state government’s nod, the Gorakhpur Police filed charge sheet against Medical College Principal Dr Rajiv Mishra and Dr Kafeel Ahmad Khan.
The Gorakhpur Police had also filed charge sheets against Dr Purnima Shukla, former Anaesthesia Department Head Dr Satish Kumar, ex-Chief Pharmacist Gajanan Jaiswal, Accounts departments clerks Sudhir Pandey, Udai Sharma, Sanjay Tripathi and owner of Pushpa Sales Pvt Ltd Manish Bhandari.
Mishra was charged under Sections 120-B, 308, 409 of the IPC and 7/13 Anti-Corruption Act while Khan was charged under Sections 120-B, 308 and 409 of the IPC.
Later, Dr Khan was charged under sections Section 7/13 of Anti-Corruption Act, Section 66 of IT Act and Section 15 of the Indian Medical Council Act in the last week of August after K.K. Gupta, Director General Medical Education had filed another FIR on the recommendation of the high-level committee headed by the Chief Secretary Rajiv Kumar.
Abhishek Singh, the Investigative officer said that the investigating team could not find any substantive evidence against Dr Khan during the investigation. No proof of him being involved in corruption, indulged in private practice or violation of IT Act were found to be true.
Dr Kafeel tried to manage oxygen cylinders when the hospital at BRD Medical College ran out of oxygen on the night of August 10 to save the lives of children. Later, he was alleged of using hospital oxygen for his own clinic, a charge that Dr Khan denied.
Although, charged under Sections 409 and 120B and both section being non-bailable, Dr Kafeel Ahmad Khan is likely to stay behind bars.