The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday directed that the salary of the Principal Secretary in the Health and Family Welfare (Medical Education) Department of the State be withheld until an MRI machine is installed and made operational at the Dharwad Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (DIMHANS) [Karnataka State Legal Services Authority v. State of Karnataka]. The Court, however, put the order in abeyance until the next date of hearing upon the request of Additional Government Advocate Dhyan Chinnappa..A Division Bench of Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi and Justice SR Krishna Kumar noted that six weeks time had been given two years ago to initiate steps to procure the machine but the same was not operational yet."On March 5, 2020, the Court had directed the State Government to take immediate steps for procuring an MRI machine of requisite specification for the use of DIMHANS. Six weeks time was granted. Again and again time has been granted by the court but the MRI machine has not been made available. This also reflects the intention of the authorities in not getting the machine installed. We do not appreciate the conduct of the officers concerned," the Court said..The State informed the Court that the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan machine (MRI machine) had been delivered to DIMHANS, but was not operational yet.The Bench expressed its distress at the delays, noting that during the previous hearing the State had assured that the MRI machine would be made operational by March 30.The matter of installation of the MRI machine has been going on for a considerable time, the Bench observed, as the State had been directed to take immediate steps to procure and install the machine back in March 2020..The Court remarked that the officials concerned have lost their sensitivity and are not concerned with public problems, as they have delayed the matter of installation numerous times.The Court, therefore, began directing that the salary of the Principal Secretary, Medical Education would not be disbursed until the MRI machine is installed and made operational.However, at the request of Additional Government Advocate Dhyan Chinnappa, the court directed that the order of withholding the salary be kept in abeyance until the next date. .The matter will be heard next on April 21..Note: An earlier version of the story did not reflect the fact that the Court had kept in abeyance its direction to withhold the salary of the Principal Secretary. The omission is regretted.