Bhopal: A division bench of the MP high court on Thursday summoned the chairman of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) in court during the next hearing of public interest litigation (PIL) to explain why contempt proceedings should not be initiated against him for non-compliance of Supreme Court and high court orders. The court passed the order while expressing dissatisfaction over the recruitment process undertaken to appoint doctors at Bhopal Memorial Hospital & Research Centre (BMHRC). The BMHRC as of now is under the administrative control of the ICMR. The case will come up for hearing next week.
The Supreme Court in 2012 while transferring the PIL to MP high court for the hearing had given 20-point directives to the union and the state government for better medical care of the gas victims. The PIL seeking proper medical care of gas victims was filed by Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Udyog Sangathan (BGPMUS) and a couple of more NGOs.
During pendency of the PIL in MP high court, a contempt petition was also filed by the NGOs for non-compliance of 2012 orders of the supreme court and recommendations of the monitoring committee set up by the supreme court to keep a tab on medical facilities being provided to the gas victims in the gas relief hospitals of the state government and BMHRC. Secretary, health and family planning ministry, Ranjan Bhushan, secretary chemical & fertiliser ministry, Arti Ahuja, chief secretary, MP government, Iqbal Singh Bains, additional chief secretary, gas relief, Mohd. Suleman, senior deputy director, ICMR, R Ram, director, BMHRC, Dr Prabha Desikan and director, NIREH, Rajnarayan Tiwari, were made respondents in the contempt case.
While hearing the PIL and the contempt case clubbed together,the bench of Justice Sheel Nagu and Justice D D Bansal on Thursday expressed anger over delay in appointment of doctors in BMHRC and summoned the ICMR charman to court in the next hearing to explain why contempt proceedings should not be initiated against him . Advocate Kanshi Patel appeared in the case on behalf of the petitioners.