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Writ seeks judicial inquiry into United Hospital fire

Published : Tuesday, 2 June, 2020 at 12:00 AM  Count : 126

A writ petition has been filed with the High Court seeking a judicial inquiry into last week's fire incident at United Hospital's COVID-19 unit which left five people dead.

Additionally, directives for exemplary compensation has been demanded for the families of the dead in the petition filed by Supreme Court lawyers Redwan Ahmed Ranjib and Hamidul Misbah on Monday.
"The writ petition was submitted to Justice M Enayetur Rahim's virtual High Court bench on Monday. We are yet know when the hearing will be held. Once the date is set, Advocate Aneek R Haque will represent the petitioner," Advocate Redwan told
The writ seeks a ruling on why the inability to take legal action against the United Hospital authorities under the provisions of the Medical and Dental Council Act, 2010 should not be declared unlawful and why appropriate legal action should not be taken against the hospital authorities on account of negligence.
The health secretary, director general of health, chairman of Bangladesh Medical and Dental Council or BMDC, inspector general of police, commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, director general of Bangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defence, chairman of RAJUK and United Hospital's managing director on behalf of the hospital authorities were among the defendants.

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