HIV-infected children’s parents accuse CBI of shielding MLA

The parents had alleged that the doctors from the hospital and officials from the hospital’s blood bank run by Mashru were responsible for the criminal negligence.

By Mahesh Trivedi

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Published: Thu 23 Oct 2014, 9:08 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 2:52 AM

Ahmedabad: Parents of 28 poor children who had contracted deadly HIV through blood transfusion at a government hospital in Gujarat in 2011 have lambasted the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for giving a clean chit to a legislator of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (CBI) who ran the concerned blood bank.

A protest petition filed by the parents in a CBI court in Ahmedabad has sought scrapping of the CBI report which has also exonerated the laboratory, blood bank and hospital staff responsible for supplying the contaminated blood.

Five of the 28 children have died in the past two years of the CBI probe. The petitioners’ counsel Paresh Waghela has questioned the conclusions of the CBI and accused the agency of shielding Junagadh BJP MLA Mahendra Mashroo, who was managing the Sarvodaya Blood Bank in Junagadh that had provided the contaminated blood for these children suffering from thalassemia and required regular blood transfusion.

“The CBI has acted as a tool in the hands of MLA Mahendra Mashru,” the petition alleged.

The probe was handed over to CBI in 2012, which filed a closure report last August, saying that no evidence establishing negligence on the part of the hospital or the blood bank was found. “The report claimed no one has done this with intention. But this case is about criminal negligence, not intention,” said Vaghela. The next hearing would be on November 26. The case came to light in September 2011 when the children undergoing regular blood transfusion tested positive for HIV.

The parents had alleged that the doctors from the hospital and officials from the hospital’s blood bank run by Mashru were responsible for the criminal negligence.

The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) causes the deadly acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (Aids), a condition in which progressive failure of the immune system leads to death.

The Gujarat State Aids Control Society had last year registered 59,000 HIV positive patients.

About 2.5 million people in India are HIV-positive.

mahesh@khaleejtimes.com



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