File photo of Dr Kafeel Khan. Photograph:( Zee News Network )
Kafeel Khan, who was booked in connection with the death of infants at a state-run hospital here last year, walked out of jail on Saturday.
Khan, who worked as a nodal officer at the Baba Raghav Das Medical College, was granted bail by the Allahabad High Court on Wednesday.
His wife Shabistan Khan, daughter and other family members welcomed him.
"Kafeel Khan was freed from jail this evening. Although he was granted bail by the Allahabad High Court on April 25, the delay was due to some other procedures," jail superintendent Ramdhani said.
Various organisations, including members of 'Adhikar Morcha' wearing saffron scarves, came in support of Khan. They also carried banners and posters with 'Dr Kafeel hamara hero' (Dr Kafeel is our hero) and 'congratulations' written on them.
After coming out of jail, Kafeel hugged his wife and daughter and said, "The honourable high court has clearly said that there is no evidence against me. You know what my family went through in the last eight months. I do not know what my fault is".
In the letter, the former nodal officer at BRD hospital mentioned that payment to oxygen supplier at the hospital was not made because the fund for the same was not released.
More than 60 children, mostly infants, had died at the hospital within a week in August 2017. There were allegations that the deaths occurred due to disruption in oxygen supply. The BJP-led Uttar Pradesh government, however, had denied that shortage of oxygen led to the deaths.
In its report submitted on August 23, 2017, a committee under Chief Secretary Rajive Kumar had recommended initiating criminal action against the principal of the hospital Rajiv Mishra, HoD Anaesthesia Paediatric department Satish, in-charge of 100-bed AES ward Kafeel Khan and Pushpa Sales.
On August 24, an FIR was filed against nine persons, including Mishra, his wife Purnima Shukla, Kafeel Khan and the proprietors of M/s Pushpa Sales.
On September 2 last, Khan was arrested and subsequently removed from his post in the hospital.
There were times, when I used to think that what wrong have I done to be in jail. My future plans depend on CM Yogi, if he revokes my suspension I'll join the hospital again & continue serving people: Dr. Kafeel Khan on returning home after getting bail #Gorakhpur pic.twitter.com/cZmIeiBd0c— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) April 28, 2018