The High Court on Thursday asked the government to suspend the pension facility of National Institute of Cancer Research and Hospital's outgoing director Prof Dr Md Moarraf Hossen over irregularities in maintaining equipment at the ICU (intensive care unit).
The court also directed authorities concerned to form a committee to investigate the reported negligence and submit a report within the next 30 days.
A bench comprised of justices M Enayetur Rahim and Md Mostafizur Rahman passed the order on a suo moto move.
The High Court also issued a rule asking why the negligence of hospital authorities in this regard should not be declared illegal.
An English daily newspaper published a report shedding light on how expensive artificial respiratory ventilators (ARV) bought for the ICU were left unused and neglected for almost a decade.
Lawyers Manoj Kumar and M Emdadul Haque brought the news article to the court's attention.
According to the report, eight ARVs were brought for the hospital's ICU for Tk70 lakh each around 12 years ago. None of these equipment were used even for once and were left in a corner of the ICU since purchased.
"The National Institute of Cancer Research and Hospital presently offers no artificial respiratory facility," lawyer Manoj Kumar told reporters.