Seers, AIIMS docs threaten to move court over ac­tivist Agrawal’s death

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES NATION -


death of Swami Gyan Swa­roop Sanand aka Pro­fes­sor GD Agrawal con­tin­ued to be a topic of tus­sle be­tween All In­dia In­sti­tute of Med­i­cal Sciences (AIIMS) Rishikesh — the hos­pi­tal where he breathed his last and Ma­tri Sadan — the ashram from where the Ganga cru­sader had un­der­taken his 111-day fast. Seers of Ma­tri Sadan took of­fence at AIIMS di­rec­tor Dr Ravi Kant’s state­ment (made on the day Agrawal died) in which he claimed that some­one was pres­suris­ing Agrawal to con­tinue his fast unto death even though he had agreed to end it.

Ma­tri Sadan head Swami Shivanand Saraswati an­nounced on Satur­day that the ashram will “file a defama­tion case against the AIIMS di­rec­tor over his po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated state­ment.” He added a case will also be filed against cabi­net min­is­ter Nitin Gad­kari, Harid­war DM Deepak Rawat, SDM Man­ish Ku­mar, CO Kankhal, SHO Kanakhal and a sub-in­spec­tor of Kanakhal po­lice sta­tion “for killing Agrawal.” Ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence at the ashram, Shivanand said, “AIIMS still had not cleared the air on how Swami Sanand died. Re­act­ing to the seer’s claims, Har­ish Mo­han Thap­liyal, PRO AIIMS, told TOI, “Ma­tri Sadan’s Swami Shivananad has been per­sis­tently mak­ing false al­le­ga­tions against AIIMS and our di­rec­tor. So we have de­cided to file a defama­tion case against him in the high court.”

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