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A plea has been filed before the Delhi High Court against the Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute and Research Centre alleging that the hospital is not complying with the condition of land allotment on institutional (concessional) rates by not providing free treatment to EWS patients. In November, the High Court sought a detailed reply from the DDA on the issue.
The Delhi Development Authority has informed the Delhi High Court that land worth Rs 6.43 crore was alloted for Rs. 71 Lacs to the Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Hospital.
The submission was made through an affidavit filed in a plea that alleged that the Hospital has breached the condition of free treatment to poor which was imposed while allotment of land to the hospital was done by the DDA on concessional rates.
The DDA has filed it's affidavit in the plea filed by the Social Jurist, a Civil Rights Group, through Advocate Ashok Agarwal alleging that the hospital is in existence for the last more than two decades and is functioning with 302 beds capacity, however, it has always been violating with impunity the conditions of land allotment with regard to providing free treatment to EWS patients.
The affidavit submitted that in the year 1994 the Hospital informed DDA that it will provide FREE treatment to 25% indoor and 40% outdoor patients.
However, the Hospital has breached the conditions of free treatment to poor in compliance to the Condition of allotment of land to the hospital, the affidavit added.
The plea herein, stated, "The respondent hospital has made unwarranted profits during the last two decades by not providing at all free treatment to EWS patients...therefore, it is liable to make good to society by paying such an amount of unwarranted profit to DDA in terms of an earlier decision of the High Court".
The civil rights group has alleged that the inaction on part of the hospital is a blatant violation of the conditions of allotment of public land to it by DDA.
As per the plea, the hospital is run by the Indraprastha Cancer Society & Research Centre, to whom public land was allotted by DDA for the construction of the hospital with a condition that they would provide free treatment to EWS patients to the extent of 10% IPD and 25% OPD.
Case Title: Social Jurist, a Civil Rights Group v. Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute and Research Centre & Ors.
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