A division bench, headed by Justice P V Hardas of Bombay High Court issued notices to the Maharashtra government and Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking a crime investigation department (CID) probe into `a scam’ regarding use of antibiotic drugs at civic hospitals.

RTI activist and former journalist Ketan Tirodkar on Monday filed a PIL in Bombay High Court alleging a drug cartel has developed a nexus with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials and politicians. Tirodkar sought a CID probe into `a scam’ regarding use of antibiotic drugs at civic hospitals.

The Bombay High Court sought a response from the state home ministry, public health department and the BMC, seeking replies in four weeks.

According to petition, on August 18, 2014, at Civic run Bhabha hospital in Kurla 28 patients of 45 suffered reactions after two antibiotics were administered to them through injections. One of them, Saira Shaikh, died. Earlier this month, 18 children at a civic-run hospital in Bhiwandi near Thane suffered similar reactions. Also, in August, patients at BMC hospital in Ghatkopar complained of chills and abdominal pain after being injected with the two antibiotics.

Petitioner seeks probe by CID and registration of a case against the FDA officials, hospital authorities and the drug companies.

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