Maternal deaths: Bail plea of medical firm's official rejected

Jodhpur: The Rajasthan High Court on Monday rejected the bail plea of a senior official of Indore-based Parenteral Surgicals Ltd, which supplied the contaminated intravenous (IV) fluid that led to 17 maternal deaths in two government hospitals here.

Justice Kailash Chandra Joshi rejected the bail application of Sanjay Shah, the production manager and quality controller of the company, on the basis of a Forensic Scientific Laboratory's report that found the IV fluid of one batch, used in Umaid Hospital, contaminated.

The above mentioned batch had failed the bacterial endotoxin and sterility test and was declared unfit for human administration, the report said.

"Besides this, given the fact that police probe in the case is still pending, the court observed that it would not be justifiable to grant bail to Shah," additional advocate general, Anand Purohit said.

Purohit also raised question on the qualification of Shah for the post in which he was working in the company. He argued that Shah is a commerce graduate -- a qualification categorically not in commensuration with the eligibility for the job that was entrusted on him.

Before joining the medical company, Shah was working as a sales manager in a hosiery company, he told the court.

"It is evident that the administration of the contaminated IV fluid of Batch 0077 had led to death of these 17 women in a month," he said.

The hospital administration had registered complaint against the Indore-based company as it had supplied the contaminated IV fluid on February 23.

Shah was later arrested from Indore, and lodged in Jodhpur following his interrogation in connection with the case.