Supreme Court Advocate-On-Record Association (SCAORA) urges Chief Justice of India (CJI) S. A. Bobde to look into the demise of a Senior lawyer in Supreme Court premises due to unavailability of medical assistance

Senior Advocate SK Dhingra passed away while in Supreme Court premises and could not be tended to due to unavailability of any medical staff or assistance. Precious time was also lost due to strict protocol.

The Supreme Court Advocates on Record Association (SCAORA) has written to the Chief justice of India, Justice SA Bobde, to look into the news of the sudden demise of Senior Advocate SK Dhingra in the Court’s premises due to unavailability of medical assistance.

The SCAORA passed a resolution on Thursday, July 9, taking note of lack of medical facilities in the Supreme Court after the tragic incident of the passing of Senior Advocate SK Dhingra came to light.

There was no medical staff, facilities, doctor on duty, or even an ambulance in the Supreme Court premises at the time the veteran lawyer was in need of medical assistance.

Furthermore, the security protocol as regards entry and exit gates in the Supreme Court were also not relaxed during this emergency situation due to which precious time was lost that could have been useful in providing emergency medical facility to the lawyer, the SCAORA has said.”…such untimely demise of Mr. S. K. Dhingra was reportedly also due to the refusal by the Supreme Court security to allow the entry of the vehicle from Gate B despite being told of the emergency medical situation – which wasted crucial time that could have led to providing emergency medical treatment to Mr. S.K. Dhingra, Advocate, and saved his life. Should this be the position, it is an utter failure of the Supreme Court administration and security.”SCAORA said in its resolution

An immediate and time-bound inquiry against the personnel concerned is also being pressed for by the SCAORA in its resolution, which calls for penal action to be taken, including prosecution for criminal negligence and dismissal from service, against the persons concerned.

In light of this tragic incident, the lack of state of the art medical facilities in the Supreme Court becomes glaring and the association has requested for the facilities to be provided for the benefit of lawyers and others who visit the Supreme Court.”SCAORA further demands that the Supreme Court security be directed to be of assistance during an emergency medical situation within the Supreme Court premises.

Published by Sneha Vishwakarma

Advocate, Bombay High court.

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