May 06, 2020
By Ishaan Seth
A plea has been made by Advocate Mathew Kuzhalanadan in the Kerala High Court that personal details of COVID-19 patients are being leaked to private players by the hospitals. He told the court that he was contacted by a Bangalore-based entity after he aided the admission process of a COVID-19 patient in a Kasargode hospital.
After making some enquiries, the petitioner came to know that the person who had contacted him may not have been acting on behalf of any Government authority and that it may be a private entity who was given access to the patient’s mobile number. The petitioner further submitted to the court that he has also made a representation to the Government over this concern.
The Government Pleader said over this matter 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 Justice Shajy P Chaly and Ashok Menon adjourned the matter to May 11, when the Government Statement is expected to be filed.