"The Chief Minister has taken up the issue with the Prime Minister. We cannot take it suo motu," a bench headed by Chief Justice H L Dattu said, when a lawyer cited a news report and sought judicial intervention in the matter.

"Instead of newspaper, you should have filed a proper petition," the bench, also comprising Justices Madan B Lokur and A K Sikri, said.

Eleven women died and 49 others were hospitalised after an alleged botched sterilisation procedure at a state-run camp in Chhattisgarh's Bilaspur district, prompting the government to suspend four doctors and transfer the Director of Health Services.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who on Tuesday embarked on a three-nation visit, spoke to Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh and asked him to ensure a thorough investigation and action in the death of eight women after sterilisation surgery at a government camp in Bilaspur.

60 women were admitted to different hospitals after they developed post-operative complications at a sterilisation camp organised by the government at a private hospital in Pendari village on the outskirts of Bilaspur town on Saturday, district Collector Siddharth Komal Pardeshi said on Tuesday.

Eight of them, all below 32 years of age, died from complications, Pardeshi said.



Under attack from opposition Congress which demanded his resignation, Chief Minister Raman Singh announced a high-level probe and suspended four officials, including the Chief Medical and Health Officer of Bilaspur.

He ordered registration of FIR against the surgeon under whose supervision the sterilisation camp was organised at Nemichand Jain Cancer and Research Centre where 83 women had undergone surgical procedures for sterilisation.

The state government initially announced a compensation fo Rs 2 lakh to the kin of each of the victims but the Chief Minister raised it to Rs 4 lakh. Rs 50,000 would be given to

Chief Medical and Health Officer of Bilaspur R K Bhange, laparoscopic surgeon Dr R K Gupta, State Programme Convener, family planning, Dr K C Urao and Block Medical Officer, The Chief Minister said prima facie the tragedy had occurred due to negligence and ordered registration of an FIR against Gupta under whose supervision the camp was held and 'Its a very unfortunate incident'.

"Prime facie it appears that the incident occurred due to negligence (by doctors). A detailed enquiry will be conducted keeping in view all angles including the quality of the medicines, standard of the surgery, post operative measures and others," he said.

A three-member committee has been constituted to investigate the incident, he said.

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