Telangana HC orders ad-hoc renewal of Virinchi Hospitals’ licence

By   |  Legal Correspondent  |  Published: 13th May 2021  7:34 pm

Hyderabad: The Telangana High Court on Thursday directed the District Medical Authority and other authorities concerned to renew the licence granted to Virinchi Hospitals, Banjara Hills, on ad-hoc basis.

Justice T Vinod Kumar in the vacation court was dealing with a writ petition filed by the hospital questioning the action of the District Medical Authority in not renewing the Certificate of Registration of Allopathic Private Medical Care Establishments to the hospital by insisting on the Occupancy No Objection Certificate from the GHMC.

The petitioner contended that due to the non-renewal of the certificate, the hospital is finding it difficult to procure oxygen and other essential life-saving medicines such as Remdesivir for Covid-19 treatment apart from vaccines from manufacturers. After hearing both the parties, the court gave the said direction in view of the ongoing Covid-19 crisis where there is a scarcity of hospitals and beds for critically-ill patients.

The court, while observing that the hospital being one of the noted ones for Covid treatment, non-renewal of the certificate would seriously deprive the city of several beds especially when the city is being looked at as a medical hub for Covid treatment. The court further observed that it would be proper for granting ad-hoc permission to the hospital on condition that the hospital gets no objection certificate or a letter of compliance from the Fire Department. The matter will again be heard on June 27.

Contempt notice to Gandipet Tahsildar

The judge issued suo-moto contempt against the Tahsildar, Gandipet mandal, Ranga Reddy, in a writ plea filed by P Subbaiah challenging the orders passed by the Tahsildar directing the petitioner to remove the constructions/renovation being carried out by him in his property at Shivapuri Colony, Manikonda.

The court observed that the notice issued by the Tahsildar was nothing but threatening the petitioner to remove the alleged construction which was in contempt of the earlier orders issued by Full Bench of the High Court. The said Bench had directed the revenue authorities not to carry out any demolition or dispossession during the pandemic. Making the said observations, the court suspended the operation of the notice issued by the Tahsildar to the petitioner. The court, in turn, issued contempt notice to the Tahsildar and posted the matter to July 2.

Relief for Mylan Laboratories

Justice Sri Devi of the High Court on Thursday issued an interim relief to Mylan Laboratories Limited, a manufacturer of Remdesivir.

An Assessment Order was issued to the company by the National E-Assessment Centre, Income Tax Department, pertaining to 2017-18 along with a show-cause notice.

Sr. Counsel Arvind Datar, appearing for Mylan Laboratories, said the show-cause notice violated principles of natural justice. He pointed out that adequate opportunity of hearing must be given before passing the draft assessment order considering the current pandemic.

The counsel for the department said the final Assessment Order shall be placed before the DRT and the petitioners can file objections before the dispute resolution board if they wish to. The judge said no coercive steps should be taken against the petitioner.

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