The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to Delhi government seeking its reply to know what steps have been taken to check mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue and chikungunya in the national capital.

The apex court sought the AAP government’s response on a case it took up suo motu after parents of a sevenyear-old boy,who died of dengue, jumped to their deaths from a building after their son was allegedly denied treatment by five private hospitals Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, who was present in the courtroom for another matter, told a division bench of Justice MB Lokur and Justice DY Chandrachud that if the Delhi government does not take the responsibility to maintain hygiene in the city, then the central government may step in to deal with the issue.

Laxmichandra and Babita Rout, both natives of Odisha, committed suicide last year in south Delhi’s Lado Sarai after their only son Avinash died of suspected dengue. Five hospitals including Max hospital in Saket, Moolchand Khairatiram Hospital in Lajpat Nagar,Aakash Hospital in Malviya Nagar, Saket City Hospital and Irene Hospital, Kalkaji, were issued show-cause notices to explain why their registration be not cancelled for allegedly denying admission the boy for treatment.