NHRC Directs Odisha Govt to Cancel Registration of Apollo Hospitals

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Bhubaneswar: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has directed the Odisha Government to cancel/suspend registration of Apollo Hospitals, Bhubaneswar, for alleged illegal transplantation of kidney in the private hospital.

“The Chief Secretary is also directed to submit action taken report u/s 16 of the Transplantation of Human Organs & Tissues Act, 1994, with regard to suspension/cancellation of registration of the Apollo Hospital Bhubaneswar, Odisha, within six weeks positively failing which the Commission shall be constrained to issue coercive process u/s 13 of the PHR Act, 1993,” the NHRC said in a notice.

“In this matter, the Authorization Committee constituted by the Government of Odisha has approved/granted NOC for transplantation of kidney from Jayaram Dora (donor) to Raghaba Ram Dora (recipient) without verifying or conducting proper enquiry in this matter and subsequently the kidney of Anil Swamy was removed and transplanted into the body of Raghaba Ram Dora. Also, it appears that there is a connivance of Apollo Hospital for obtaining the NOC for transplantation of kidney of Jayaram Dora, whereas the kidney of Anil Kumar Swamy was taken out and transplanted into the body of Raghaba Ram Dora. This is a serious lapse on the part of the Authorization Committee constituted by the State Government as it has granted the NOC in a very routine manner. Hence, the Government of Odisha is vicariously liable for such lapse of the Authorization Committee,” it further said.

“Hence, the Government of Odisha is vicariously liable for such lapse of the Authorization Committee,” it added.

The government has also been asked to pay Rs 2 lakh to the victim, Anil Kumar Swamy, and submit proof of payment within six weeks.

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