SC fines Jain for not filing affidavit in Dengue matter

RSTV Bureau
New Delhi: Patients receive treatment at a fever clinic at Ram Manohar Lohia hospital in New Delhi. Photo - PTI

New Delhi: Patients receive treatment at a fever clinic at Ram Manohar Lohia hospital in New Delhi.
Photo – PTI

The Supreme Court today imposed a cost of Rs 25,000 on Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain for failing to file an affidavit disclosing names of officials whom he had alleged of not cooperating in checking the menace of dengue and chikungunya in the national capital.

A bench of Justices M B Lokur and D Y Chandrachud asked Jain to file the affidavit by tomorrow, saying “the allegations are very serious and you (Jain) should file it (affidavit) by October 4.”

Senior advocate Chirag Uday Singh, appearing for Jain, said the politician would file the affidavit by tomorrow.

“Give us 24 hours,” the counsel said.

To this, the court said, “when people are dying, you don’t need 24 hours.”

Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar also sought the court’s permission to file affidavit on behalf of Delhi Health Secretary.

The bench then listed the matter for tomorrow. The court had on September 30 taken strong exception to Jain’s allegation that officials were not cooperating and taking responsibility to check vector-borne disease like dengue and chikungunya in the national capital and asked him to give names and evidence of those officials by October 3.

An affidavit filed by Jain in response to notices issued to Delhi government on a PIL, which was taken suo motu cognisance of by the apex court, said officials have not been cooperating to curb the diseases.

Jain, in the affidavit, had said that officials were not taking responsibility and all files pertaining to diseases like dengue and chikungunya were being sent to LG for clearance.

Jain had filed the affidavit after the apex court on September 26 had sought response from the Delhi government on steps being taken to check vector-borne diseases. The Centre had told the apex court that it was the duty of Delhi government to ensure that the national capital remained clean and free from diseases like chikungunya and dengue.

The apex court had suo motu taken cognizance of the death of a 7-year-old boy due to dengue last year after being allegedly denied treatment by five private hospitals and subsequent suicide by his parents, and sought response from Delhi government.