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Why are homeopathy books not given to 2006 Mumbai blasts accused, asks Delhi High Court

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Delhi High court has sought a response from Delhi government on the denial of access to homeopathy books to a prisoner locked in Mumbai Central jail.

Under the Right To Information (RTI) Act, Ehtesham Qutubuddin Siddiqui, had sent a letter to the Delhi High Court in 2012, after Central Information Commission (CIC) rejected his demand to be provided with 45 books on homeopathy published by the Central Council for Research in Homeopathy (CCRH).

The Indian Express reported that the court converted the letter to a PIL and issued a notice to the Delhi prison authorities and the Central government enquiring whether the RTI Act was available to the prisoners and whether published books could be brought under the RTI Act.

As per the report, the CCRH and the CIC stated that since the books were “priced publications,” they could not be provided under the RTI Act.

The newspaper also reported Delhi government stating as Delhi authorities did not have any jurisdiction as the prisoner was lodged at the Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai.

However, advocate Meenakshi Midha, who had been appointed as the impartial judge on the case, argued that the jail authorities and the government should have purchased the books for the prisoner, or given e-books or “soft copies” of the books to Siddiqui, in case the purchase of the hard copies of the books was too expensive.

Midha said, “They should get CCRH to provide copies, it’s a government publication.”

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Delhi High Court Directs Private Clinic to Continue with the Stem Cell Treatment

The clinic, which is administering the medicine, cannot function under the new rules until the licence is duly obtained

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Delhi High Court. Source- Wikimedia

In an interim relief, the Delhi High Court has directed a private clinic to continue with the stem cell treatment being provided to the patients till its further orders.

The court’s interim direction came while hearing various petitions challenging the Centre’s decision to put stem cell therapy in the category of new drugs.

The petitioners were being provided stem cell treatment in Nutech Mediworld Clinic in Green Park here.

A Division Bench of justices Anu Malhotra and Talwant Singh said that all details of treatment being provided to the petitioners by the clinic be placed on record with an affidavit.

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The court has sought the response of Centre and Indian Council of Medical Research to file reply on the petition and listed the matter for September 4 for further hearing.

The court has directed authorities concerned to examine whether the products being administered to the petitioners, prima facie, fall within the scope of the expression ‘new drugs’ as defined under Rule 2(1) (w) of New Drugs and Clinical Trial Rules, 2019 and communicate the view to the petitioners and the said clinic.

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On account of the Centre’s fresh notification on ‘New Drugs and Clinical Rule 2019’, some medications used for the treatment would fall under the definition of ‘new drug’ and require approval from the authority concerned.

The clinic, which is administering the medicine, cannot function under the new rules until the licence is duly obtained. (IANS)