FIR against Sun hospital for putting up oxygen shortage notice, despite having the supply

On Thursday, the hospital administration, which had put up a notice on May 3 asking relatives to take away patients as it was facing oxygen shortage, said it would move the Allahabad High Court over the FIR. Image source: The Indian express Lodging FIR:

The District administration of Lucknow lodged an FIR against the private Sun hospital, located in Gomti Nagar for allegedly spreading rumors over shortage of oxygen

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Sun hospital, a month ago was declared as a covid facility. Despite orders from Lucknow district administration and government for not spreading rumors of Oxygen shortage, on may 3rd Sun hospital’s director Akhilesh Pandey release a notice on social media, which said, “after repeated requests to the UPCM/Central Government, we are not able to get enough oxygen supply. Hence we request the family members of those patients who are on oxygen support to take their patients to a higher center for further management. We are extremely sorry for the inconvenience,” and the notice was signed by the hospital administrator, Udit Singhal This led to fear and panic amongst patients' families. Case:

A notice was sent to the facility, accusing it of not following the covid-19 protocols, the police alleged that the hospital was hoarding oxygen cylinders, and the reason behind notice was put up on social media, so they could get the supply without an audit, they also claimed that the notice has been published with the intention of black marketing. The notice further added that the hospital has incorrect information on the covid-19 patients as well. The FIR claimed that it created fear and panic amongst the patients’ relatives, and alleged that they found eight jumbo cylinders and two B-type cylinders and concentrators were available The Allahabad high court called deaths due to lack of oxygen, a genocide and mentioned the notice put up by Sun Hospital Charges:

Sun Hospital has been charged with sections 51 (punishment for obstruction, etc) and 52 (punishment for false claim) of the Disaster Management Act 2005, Section 3 (penalty) of the Epidemic Diseases Act 1897, and Sections 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) and 269 (negligent act likely to spread infection of disease danger­ous to life) of the Indian Penal Code.

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