CBI files chargesheet against docs of eye hospital

Madurai: A chargesheet has been filed by CBI against doctors of a private eye hospital for allegedly using contaminated eye drops after free cataract surgeries in 2008, resulting in 66 patients losing vision.

The chargesheet was submitted at the Madras High court bench here Monday evening.

The victims, recommended for cataract removal after a free eye-camp under the 'National Programme for Control of Blindness' in Villupuram district, underwent surgery at private Joseph Eye Hospital in Tiruchirappalli on July 28, 2008 but lost their vision after being administered contaminated eye drops.

The surgeries were conducted by the district programme officer of District Blindness Control Society in association with the hospital.

On March 10, 2011, the Madras High Court had directed CBI to conduct a thorough inquiry into the incident and initiate criminal prosecution against those responsible.

Following this, CBI raided the hospital and seized 52 documents relating to the eye camp. Cases were also filed against doctors belonging to Joseph Eye hospital in Tiruchirapalli and Perambalur.

Further inquiries revealed that contaminated Ringer Lactate was used in the operation and even air contamination in the operation theatre could be the reason for the infection.