UP govt now terminates services of Dr. Kafeel Khan after 1500 days of suspension

Kafeel Khan. Photo: Sahid Faris/Maktoob

Suspended Gorakhpur doctor Kafeel Khan who has been targeted by the saffron party-led government in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday, took to Twitter to state that his services had been terminated by the UP government after 1500 days of “illegal suspension.”

“63 kids died because the govt didn’t pay oxygen suppliers. Eight doctors and employees got suspended. Seven were reinstated. In spite of getting clean chit on charges of medical negligence and corruption, I got terminated,” in a video uploaded on Twitter, Khan said.

Talking to IANS news agency on Thursday, Khan said that he was waiting for the formal termination order to be served to him.

“I will continue to fight for justice and will challenge the order in court,” he said.

Dr. Khan had hit the headlines after the 2017 tragedy at Gorakhpur’s Baba Raghav Das (BRD) Medical College, in which several children died due to a lack of oxygen cylinders. Initially, he was hailed as a savior for arranging emergency oxygen cylinders but later, faced action and was arrested by Uttar Pradesh police. A probe by the Uttar Pradesh government cleared Dr. Khan of all major charges, prompting him to seek an apology from the state. Kafeel Khan had alleged that an institutional failure had led to the deaths of the children.

Dr. Khan has been suspended for the past 1460 days since 22 August 2017 ( first time after the BRD oxygen tragedy and the second time on 31 July 2019).

Meanwhile, the key Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi took to Twitter to express her anger against the Yogi government’s action against Kafeel Khan.

The latest action, according to Congress star campaigner of upcoming assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, is motivated by hate. Uttar Pradesh government is harassing Dr Khan, alleges Gandhi.

She also said that her party will stand with the doctor who has been targeted by the saffron party-led government.

The Allahabad High Court on 9 September had stayed UP government’s ‘second suspension’ order against Khan for allegedly mistreating patients at the Bahraich District Hospital. The court had directed the UP government to wrap up the probe related to the 2019 suspension of Khan within a month.

In the video, Khan pointed out that he was being terminated despite the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh informing the Allahabad High Court that they had rejected a departmental re-inquiry order against him on 6 August. The inquiry order was initiated over a year ago, on 24 February 2020.