"It has been incorrectly averred that diagnosis and treatment of septicaemia were not made from February 15 to February 25, 2012... the measures were taken in respect of the patient and there was no negligence in diagnosis and management of patients," the affidavit filed by A K Mehta, the Medical Superintendent of Deen Dayal Upadhyay (DDU) Hospital said.
    
The reply of DDU Hospital has been filed in the matter pertaining to the death of V R Santosh Kumar who died in custody on February 25, 2012 allegedly due to medical negligence.
    
"The patient was discharged under the stable condition on February 13, 2012. His condition was held to be stable after he (Kumar) had been examined by a whole unit of doctors. There has never been any lack of coordination of doctors in the present case," the reply said.
    
The reply, filed through government counsel Zubeda Begum, also refuted the allegation of petitioner Jose Abraham that Kumar died due to malnutrition and said the team of doctors had taken "every measure".
    
Earlier, written suggestions and information with regard to the condition in the jail were sought by the High Court from Delhi government and an NGO, Multi Action Research Group (MARG), while hearing a bunch of PILs relating to ensuring minimum human rights to inmates of Tihar Jail.

Meanwhile, the petitioner on October 15 in his submission had said that even though there are provisions in the jail manual for making food for sick prisoners separately, there are no such mechanisms being adhered to within the jail premises.
    
"For getting liquid diet for his consumption, Kumar had to beg and plead in front of the authorities, but his repeated pleas were ignored time and again by the authorities resulting in his untimely death," the petitioner had said.
    
The petition had also sought a direction to the SHO, Tilak Nagar Police Station, to register an FIR against the Senior Medical Officer and the then Superintendent of Jail No. 4 for the acts of criminal negligence.
    
Petitioner counsel Ritu Kumar had said that the fate of the inmates in the prisons, who are of poor means and who cannot afford to pay for these services, is deplorable.
    
Due to the large number of inmates cramped together in unhygienic conditions, there are numerous diseases in the prison premises by which the inmates are affected, she had said.
    
"DDU Hospital being the first point of referral for the inmates, all the inmates are referred to it for any illness. The DDU hospital which is already overburdened is unable to meet the demand and in most cases the inmates are not given adequate treatment," the petitioner had said.

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