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Saturday, 8 August 2020

Punjab and Haryana High Court for speedy conclusion of probe into ‘wrong’ +ve reports

Saurabh Malik

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 7

The Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed expeditious conclusion of inquiry into "wrong" Covid positive reports, while directing that coercive action would not be initiated against Tuli Diagnostic Centre and other petitioners till the findings were received.

The direction by Justice Jitendra Chauhan came on three petitions filed by Tuli Diagnostic Centre and other petitioners through senior advocates Chetan Mittal and Vikram Chaudhri along with counsel Vivek K Thakur, Divanshu Jain, Rahil Mahajan and Palak Dev.

The Bench was told that the kits used by the petitioner were approved/ certified by the ICMR. The petitioner-centre conducted 1,723 tests. Out of the total, 110 samples tested positive and remedial steps were suggested. It was further submitted that an error of 10 to 12 per cent was seen world over regarding such diagnostic tests.

The state counsel, on the other hand, submitted that a committee has been constituted to look into the matter in pursuance to a complaint received by Amritsar Civil Surgeon. An FIR also stood registered and the investigation had been handed over to the local police. "A special investigation team has also been constituted in the matter," he added.

Justice Chauhan asserted it emerged from the facts that the FIR was registered on the basis of the complaint, whereupon the inquiry was initiated. The committee of experts appointed by Amritsar Civil Surgeon was seized of the matter. But the complaint which formed the basis of the FIR was not on record.

"The respondents are directed to ensure that the committee concludes its inquiry expeditiously and the report be placed on record before the next date of hearing. A copy of the complaint which formed the basis of the FIR be also made available to the court.... Meanwhile, till the findings of the inquiry are received, no coercive steps be taken against the petitioners," Justice Chauhan concluded.

from The Tribune

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