HC Asks Centre, Delhi Govt to Explain Steps Taken to Curb Dengue

Delhi HC has asked the Centre and the city government to file an affidavit explaining the steps taken to curb dengue.

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The Delhi High Court has asked the Centre and the Delhi government to explain the steps taken to contain dengue which has claimed more than 12 lives in the national capital.

A bench comprising Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath issued a notice to the Central government, Delhi government, municipal corporation and New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC).

The court has directed the four to file an affidavit in response to the notice, before September 24.

The court was hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) by a law student, Gauri Grover, seeking an FIR against the directors of hospitals which denied treatment to the seven-year-old dengue victim, Avinash Rout.

Avinash Rout died on September 8 after he was denied treatment by five hospitals in the city. His parents committed suicide following his death.

The court, however, refused to file an FIR against the directors.

Appearing for the Delhi government, senior standing counsel, Rahul Mehra, maintained that the government had taken adequate steps and the private hospitals were in the process of increasing the number of beds.

(With agency inputs)

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