The Delhi High Court on Wednesday issued notices to the Union Health Ministry and All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) seeking a CBI inquiry into various cases of alleged corruption and irregularities in the country’s premier health institution. The cases were earlier brought to light by the then.The notices, returnable in four weeks, were also issued to the respondents named in the case, including Health Minister J.P. Nadda, CBI, Central Vigilance Commission and AIIMS. The public interest writ petition, moved by NGO Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL), has sought revival of all cases in which Mr. Chaturvedi had initiated action before he was removed from his post in August last year.
A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice R.S. Endlaw, issuing notices, posted the matter for hearing on April 22.
The petition, filed through counsel Prashant Bhushan, also a member of Aaam Aadmi Party, alleged that the probe into several irregularities had been slowed down, even though the corruption in the institution was likely to have a bearing on the health and well-being of thousands of patients visiting it.