Government probe absolves Kafeel Khan in BRD Medical College tragedy: Reports

Khan is one of the nine accused in a case involving death of 63 children

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Kafeel Khan, who was suspended from Gorakhpur's BRD Medical College, was absolved of the charges of medical negligence and corruption in a case related to deaths due to oxygen shortage, Times of India reported. The 15-page report, as accessed by the publication, claimed that Kafeel had informed his seniors of the oxygen shortage, providing the inquiry officer with call details, and also presenting proof of providing seven oxygen cylinders in his personal capacity on the night of the tragedy. 

Khan is one of the nine accused in the case involving the death of 63 children within four days due to disruption in the supply of oxygen at the Baba Raghav Das Medical College in Gorakhpur in August 2017. He was arrested by the Uttar Pradesh Police in September 2017.

He had filed an RTI and claimed the UP government, in its response, accepted "there was shortage of liquid oxygen for 54 hours in BRD medical college on August 10, 11, 12, 2017 and Dr Kafeel Khan indeed arranged jumbo oxygen cylinders to save dying kids".

Another RTI filed by him revealed that he was the junior most doctor. "I joined as a lecturer by permanent commission only on August 8, 2016 and neither was I heading the encephalitis ward nor was I the vice principal," he said, quoting the RTI response.

He HAD demanded a CBI probe into the tragedy which claimed the lives of 63 children and to transfer the case out of Uttar Pradesh as those responsible for the "massacre are still at helm and heading the current inquiry".

He said he will either approach the High Court with a review petition about his case or the Supreme Court against his suspension.

The Allahabad High Court had granted him bail in April last year.

-Inputs from PTI