Dr. Kafeel Khan Expresses Faith in Judiciary as UP Govt Moves SC

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Since the day he came out of prison earlier this year, Dr. Khan has written several letters to the Uttar Pradesh authorities to revoke his suspension

Mohd Aasif 

NEW DELHI – The Uttar Pradesh government has knocked at the doors of the Supreme Court against the Allahabad High Court verdict quashing the charges slapped on suspended Gorakhpur paediatrician Dr. Kafeel Khan under the National Security Act (NSA) but the benevolent doctor has expressed his faith in the judiciary.

On Sunday, Dr. Kafeel Khan told Clarion India he had full faith in the judiciary. “But I believe there should be measures to compensate and penalise those authorities who misuse their powers”, he added.

Despite quashing of the NSA charges and his subsequent release, the UP government approached the apex court on Saturday against the High Court’s decision.

The UP government had served him another suspension notice while he was already suspended. Yet, he was absolved of all charges in the case of the BRD hospital tragedy in which several infants died due to shortage of oxygen cylinders.

Dr. Kafeel Khan was arrested from Mumbai at the airport in January 2020 while he was on his way to address an anti-CAA movement in the city.

“The reason why NSA was invoked on me was that a local intelligence report stated that if I come out of prison, I would go to Aligarh and there would be a law and order situation”, he further said.

Interestingly, nine other doctors who were also suspended along with Dr. Kafeel Khan have been reinstated long ago. However, even after getting a clean chit from nine inquiry commissions, he has not been taken back on the rolls of the BRD Hospital.

On September 1, he was released from Mathura jail and he went straight to Rajasthan with concerns for his own safety. Dr. Khan has repeatedly told the media that he is intimidated by the actions of the UP government.

Since the day he came out of prison earlier this year, Dr. Khan has written several letters to the Uttar Pradesh authorities to revoke his suspension. “I have written several letters to UP authority to reinstate me so that I could serve again, especially in this corona pandemic”, he added.

However, all efforts have gone down the drain. Different independent medical fraternal organisations have also written on his behalf for reinstating him.

“Even IMA, IAP, PMSF, MSC, and different other medical bodies requested the government to revoke my suspension”, said Dr. Khan.

He has written several articles on Covid-19 and has started the ‘Health for All campaign all over India’ recently.


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