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Kafeel Khan: The man under constant probe in Uttar Pradesh

hey are just diverting the whole attention from the real issue so as not to address the children deaths,” Khan said.

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Updated: Oct 04, 2019, 07.11 PM IST
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Khan on his part insisted that even the simultaneous private practice allegation is not correct as he claims that he only worked privately till April 2016 while he joined as a permanent government employee in August 2016.
NEW DELHI: A day after the Uttar Pradesh government made it clear that he was not cleared of charges of medical negligence over the deaths of children two years ago at a Gorakhpur hospital, paediatrician Dr Kafeel Khan hit back saying the state administration was trying to "divert attention".

“Instead of doing a press conference on why there was a shortage of oxygen in BRD Hospital in 2017 and why the children died, they are doing a press conference on Kafeel Khan. They are just diverting the whole attention from the real issue so as not to address the children deaths,” Dr Khan, who was at Darbhanga in Bihar told ET over the phone.

UP Principal Secretary in charge of Medical Education, Rajneesh Dubey, told newspersons on Thursday evening that Dr Khan was "not given a clean chit" over the death of children at the Gorakhpur BRD Hospital deaths, and that he now faced three more charges for his “anti-government statements” on social media.

Over 60 children died in less than a week at the Gorakhpur medical college in 2017, many of them allegedly because of disruption in oxygen supply on the night of August 10, w. The state government later refuted charges that it was due to pending payments to the supplier.

Dr Khan was at Bihar’s flood-affected areas of Sitamarhi, Muzaffarpur and Darbhanga this week, providing medical care pro-bono to the affected. “Financially, I am broken after nine months in jail. Life is tough and God knows what they are going to do next. I only have faith in the judiciary. I may approach the court after consulting my lawyers,” Khan said, insisting that an inquiry report dated April 18 provided to him had absolved him of any negligence or corruption.

The claim was rejected by the UP government which alleged that Khan twisted an inquiry report into a final clean chit. Dubey said that out of the four charges labelled against Khan, he has been found guilty on two counts for doing private practice besides his job at the BRD Hospital.

“The inquiry officer did not find him guilty on the two other accounts of negligence and corruption on the ground that a letter presented by Khan showed that he was not the in-charge of the 100-bed ward at BRD Hospital. However, the inquiry officer didn’t take cognisance of other material, including correspondence in the name of Khan himself, which shows he was the in-charge. The state government is seized of such material and no final decision has been taken on the inquiry officer’s report,” Dubey said.

Dubey also revealed that Khan faced another probe now with three other charges of “gross indiscipline for making anti-government statements on social media” during his suspension period as well as for barging into a government hospital in Bahraich last year to treat children which caused commotion there and "put the children at risk".

Khan told ET that he was only trying to help the children at the Bahraich hospital after reports emerged of children dying there too due to acute encephalitis. The UP government, however, said an FIR was registered against him then in Bahraich. The state government said Khan has been planting "false stories" in the media of a clean chit to him while he “faced very serious charges” of indiscipline, corruption, irregularity in his duties and a gross violation of the rules.

Khan on his part insisted that even the simultaneous private practice allegation is not correct as he claims that he only worked privately till April 2016 while he joined as a permanent government employee in August 2016. “Even for doing private practice, can you send someone to jail for 9 months?” he said.

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