The Gujarat high court on Wednesday transferred probe to the CBI in the incident of 23 thalassemic kids in Junagadh contracting HIV through blood transfusion. CBI probe has been ordered for the first time by the HC while acting on a PIL.
After the entire incident came into light on 10th September 2011 that 23 thalassemic kids contracted HIV by blood transfusion from Sarvoday Blood Bank. Neither Junagadh police nor Civil Hospital officials were concerned about probing deeper in the case. Hence, parents and lawyers filed a PIL demanding thorough probing in this case.
The blood bank is a private blood bank and yet it is located in the Civil Hospital campus. The court observed that no effective steps were taken during five months of probe and the system seemed supporting the private blood bank, which did not even have a license.
The court declared this case as rarest of the rare case and CBI investigation will start after 4 weeks.