Kerala HC scraps order capping RT-PCR rate, asks govt to hold talks with lab owners

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala High Court on Monday set aside a State government order capping RT-PCR (reverse transcription-polymerase chemical reaction) test rate at Rs 500 in private diagnostic labs in the State.

Justice T R Ravi directed the government to hold discussions with the private lab owners and decide on a new rate. Also, the court cancelled the government decision to register a criminal case against the laboratories which fail to follow the order.

The court was hearing pleas of several private labs challenging the April 30 order of the government slashing the rate for RT-PCR tests from Rs 1,700 to Rs 500.