SCBA urges CJI SA Bobde to direct SC registry to ensure availability of medical facilities on premises after Advocate SK Dhingra's demise
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SCBA urges CJI SA Bobde to direct SC registry to ensure availability of medical facilities on premises after Advocate SK Dhingra's demise

While condoling the demise of a senior member of the Bar, Advocate SK Dhingra, the SCBA has urged CJI SA Bobde to ensure that the Court registry makes medical facilities available in Supreme Court premises.

Shruti Mahajan

The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) has urged the Chief Justice of India SA Bobde to direct the Court registry to ensure that emergency and life saving medical facilities are made available in the Supreme Court complex.

In its resolution passed in on July 9, the Executive Committee of the SCBA condoled the death of a senior member of the Bar, Advocate SK Dhingra who passed away while in Supreme Court premises on July 8 due to unavailability of medical assistance.

The lawyer could not be given any medical assistance on account of the absence of emergency facilities in the Supreme Court premises. Morever, the Supreme Court security staff was also condemned by the SCBA for their "callous failure" at the time.

"The Executive Committee strongly condemn the callous failure of the staff of the Supreme Court at the Supreme Court premises especially the security staff and the medical personnel at the NDMC run clinic both under the direct control and supervision, of the registry of the Supreme Court"
SCBA's resolution states.

The Executive Committee has said that the avoidable death of SK Dhingra is a "sad reflection on the facilities being provided in a clinic run by the government inside the premises of the Supreme Court of India."

The events of July 8 bring a deep sense of sadness, the SCBA says, particularly since despite repeated requests, help was not forthcoming for the lawyer who eventually passed away without being administered emergency medical assistance.

Dhingra was not given any life-saving drug nor was any ambulance available for help and in light of the same, the SCBA has urged the CJI to address this issue.

"The Executive Committee resolved to request the Hon'ble Chief Justice to direct the Registry of the Supreme Court that such unfortunate mishap does not recur in future and that medical facilities including ambulance, staff, equipment and lifesaving medicines will always be made available at the NDMC clinic or the CGHS clinic to help all the needy persons from within the Supreme Court complex without delay."
SCBA resolution

The SCBA, from its end, has resolved to take necessary steps to ensure that life-saving drugs are stocked at the SCBA office in the Court complex as well as at certain designated spots in the chamber blocks of the Court.

Earlier, the SCAORA had made a similar representation to the CJI seeking inquiry and action against persons responsible for inaction that resulted in delay in providing medical assistance to Dhingra.

Read SCBA resolution:

SCBA Resolution Dated 9.7.2020.pdf
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