Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: In what could bring more trouble for Apollo Hospitals in Bhubaneswar, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued fresh orders to cancel the registration of the hospital in connection with an illegal kidney transplantation of a patient.

The NHRC has issued the direction to the Odisha Chief Secretary and has also asked to pay compensation of Rs 2 lakh to the victim within six weeks after Apollo Hospitals' arguments on the matter were rejected by the human rights body.

"In the directive given by the NHRC, the Chief Secretary has been asked to cancel the registration of Apollo Hospitals and give compensation to the patient," said Human Rights Activist, Akhanda Mishra.

The matter pertains to a kidney transplant surgery which was conducted in the hospital in 2013. A kidney was reportedly transplanted from Jayaram Dora (donor) to Raghaba Ram Dora (recipient) without verifying or conducting proper enquiry. Later it was found out that the kidney of another donor, Anil Swamy was transplanted to Raghaba Ram. As per the details of the investigation, Swamy was misrepresented as Jairam Dora.

Swamy had lodged a complaint at the Bargarh Town Police station on January 3, 2016 in this regard and later the matter was brought to the notice of NHRC.

In response to the NHRC order, Apollo Hospitals, in an official statement has said that the order has "ignored the stay and directions issued by the Orissa High Court, and we will approach the higher courts for relief."

"We have followed the due process of rule and law. We are confident of presenting the real facts related to the case during our appeal seeking quashing of the order," the statement added.

Assistant Medical Superintendent at Apollo Hospitals, Jyoti Prakash Parija said, "Our arguments have not been presented. We have not been given any chance for oral hearing. We will challenge this order at Orissa High Court."

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