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Plea in Kerala HC raises concern that details of COVID-19 patients are being leaked by Hospitals to private players: Govt to file statement

Meera Emmanuel

A plea has been moved in the Kerala High Court over personal details of COVID-19 patients being possibly leak to private players by the hospitals treating such patients.

The petitioner through Advocate Mathew Kuzhalanadan told the Court that, while he was not a COVID-19 patient, he was contacted by a Bangalore-based entity after he aided the admission process of a COVID-19 patient in a Kasargode hospital.

On enquiries, the petitioner came to realise that the person who had contacted him had not acted on behalf of any government authority, and that it may be a private entity who was given access to his mobile number. The petitioner told the Court that he has also made a representation to the government over this concern.

The Government Pleader present today, in turn, said that he would obtain a report from the District Collector over the issue and file a statement, given the serious allegations raised.

Recording this undertaking, the Bench of Justices Shajy P Chaly and Ashok Menon today adjourned the matter to May 11, when the Government Statement is expected to be filed.

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