New Delhi, July 9: The Supreme Court on Monday said all private hospitals in the national capital, which were given land on concessional rate, must provide free treatment to a certain percentage of poor patients, said media reports.Also Read - BREAKING: Fire Breaks Out at Maharashtra Sadan in Delhi, 4 Fire Tenders at Spot

Providing treatment to the poor was one of the clauses in the lease deed due to which land was given to hospitals at a very cheap price. It is mandatory for private hospitals, built on land allocated by the government on concessional rates, to provide 10 per cent treatment to In-Patient Department (IPD) and 25 per cent to Out Patient Department (OPD) for free. Also Read - Delhi Police Arrests Mumbai Firm's Managing Director in Rs 100 Crore Cheating Case

A bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra said any resistance by the hospitals would lead to cancellation of the lease and sought a periodical report on compliance of its order from the Delhi government. The bench said it will monitor the functioning of private hospitals to ensure that the poor patients are treated free of cost. Also Read - Delhi Records Zero Covid Deaths, Second Time Since Onset of 2nd Wave; 66 Cases

In other development in Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has written another letter to Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal asking how he can be selective in accepting the Supreme Court judgement. The Delhi CM in his fresh letter urged Baijal to implement the apex court’s order and asserted that the Ministry of Home Affairs does not have powers to interpret the order. (With Agency Inputs)