Still in jail

IN Media Watch Briefs | 09/05/2018
Does the media need to revive its  interest in the Gorakhpur BRD medical College story so that more of the arrested doctors can get bail? Or does social media need to champion their cause too? While a media campaign for Dr Kafeel Khan resulted in bail for him on April 25, three doctors, a pharmacist  and three clerks are still in jail. One of the doctors, Rajiv Mishra,  has now been hospitalised for cirrhosis of the liver, he was arrested on the same charges as Dr Kafeel Khan, but his bail application was rejected earlier this month. The corruption charge against him has not been dropped, though that against Dr Khan was dropped. Mishra's  doctor wife who suffered an injury in jail, was denied bail again on May 7. The HOD, of the Pediatric Anaesthesia dept also remains in jail.                 
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