The Supreme Court on Monday declined a plea to take suo motu cognisance of the deaths of children in a government hospital at Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh.
A lawyer made the plea before a Bench led by Chief Justice of India J.S. Khehar, who responded that he should approach the Allahabad High Court.
‘HC can deal with it’
The Bench reasoned that the incident happened in “one State and in one hospital”, and the High Court was best to deal with the case, in case a petition is filed before it.
The court also asked why it should intervene as the authorities had already swung into action.
The lawyer wanted an Special Investigation Team to be constituted under the directions of the SC to investigate the deaths of over 60 children, many allegedly due to a disruption in the oxygen supply, at the Baba Raghav Das Medical College Hospital in Gorakhpur.