Strong Reactions SET UP to probe the 19 deaths at Bombay’s J J hospital last January, the Lentin Commission has been making history of sorts. For the Bombay. Justice Lentin Commission report indicts Maharashtra public health administration – Issue Date: Apr 30, Maharashtra government mocks Lentin report by reinstating doctors The commission headed by Justice Bakhtawar Lentin conducted one of.

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He had also assisted the trust in acquiring government-allotted land in Bandra, measuring 1, square metres at a throwaway price of Rs3. Writing on health and development issues. It is time to pause and forage into the murky waters of lies, deceit, intrigue, ineptitude and corruption to salvage the truth which led to this ghastly and tragic episode. The Justice Lentin Commission of Enquiry: In consequence, the commission underlined that the cheapest-priced drug was not a criterion to guarantee quality drugs.

Raykar, an assistant commissioner of the Food and Drug. Although a mandatory precondition for issuing of a drug manufacturing license, the FDA did not insist on its implementation.

Justice Lentin Commission report indicts Maharashtra public health administration

Pradeep Chinai on Building public institutions: You are commenting using your WordPress. Notify me of new comments via email. When questioned, FDA joint commissioner S. In his report, Lentin had observed of Chandrikapure: Photo by Rupa Chinai. Subscribers please login to access full text of the article. Please note that comments are moderated as per our comments policy.


The licensing of the then Rs2, crore drugs industry in Maharashtra was solely handled by the FDA joint commissioner and licensing authority, who was answerable to none but the health minister.

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The public furore that followed compelled the Maharashtra government to announce the institution of an enquiry commission, led by a sitting judge of the Bombay High Court, Justice B. It recommended an Anti-Corruption Bureau investigation against him as also former health minister Baliram Hiray, who was similarly indicted.

None of this will be palatable in the affected quarters. It instead suggested that government hospitals directly purchase their quota from reputed manufactur- ers and conduct their own tests to ensure standard-quality drugs, amongst other measures. Comments – Hide EPW looks forward to your comments. It is here where the system has utterly failed, resulting in the kind of tragedy which struck the JJ Hospital. Jamadagni, also at Sassoon Hospital, and Commisssion S. You are commenting using your Facebook account.

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Evidence shows that even these measures come to nought in the absence of strong political commitment to weed out corruption and disallow the shielding of politician cronies. The high court granted an interim injunction, but later rejected the petition. EPW looks forward to your comments.

Instituted under the Commissions of Inquiry Act, Justice Lentin had the freedom to define the scope of the inquiry narrowly And it is because he has chosen not to do so that so many interests are now seeking to scuttle or commissiion the inquiry and variously dilute its findings. Jigna on Building public institutions: Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Lentin stated that Hiray had tried to tell “brazen lies on oath” until confronted with documentary evidence to the contrary regarding his activities as president of the Bhausaheb Hiray Trust The judge commissoon also constrained to point out bluntly that the former health minister gave his evidence not to assist the commission but “to mislead it”.


For the Bombay high court ckmmission constituting the commission sees this as more than a limited investigation into hospital deaths, as he could well have.

The same Dr Chandrikapure is now dean of reportt famous Sassoon Hospital in Pune, after an inquiry conducted by the Department of Medical Education reportedly decided that depriving him of three increments was enough punishment for his role repogt the hospital deaths. The commission found that far from regulating and imposing standards on the drug industry, the FDA had wilfully allowed substandard drugs to be sold in the market. Editorial – edit epw.

All Justice Lentin, now retired, chose to say was: A comment, if suitable, may be selected for publication in the Letters pages of EPW.