SC directs States, UTs to comply with order directing provision of medical facilities to retired HC Judges
News

SC directs States, UTs to comply with order directing provision of medical facilities to retired HC Judges

Shruti Mahajan

The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed all the States and Union Territories to comply with its previous order pertaining to medical facilities for retired High Court judges.

The order passed by the Bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna, states that on the basis of the report filed by the Amicus Curiae PH Parekh, most of the States are found to be in default of the Court’s previous order.

In October 2018 order, the Court had passed certain directions with respect to medical facilities to be provided to retired High Court judges and their dependents and spouses. It had observed that uniformity needed to be achieved across the country on this aspect. The following directions were passed:

  • All facilities at par with sitting Judges;
  • Reimbursement for medical treatment in private hospital without prior approval of the State Government;
  • Sanctioning authority to be the Registrar General of the High Court;
  • Reimbursement to be provided for treatment taken in any other State; and
  • Cashless facility.

The Court thus passed an order directing all the State governments and Administrators of Union Territories to comply with its order of October 2018 forthwith.

The Court also asserted that any failure in complying with the orders will be construed as “an act of defiance of this Court’s orders” and the Chief Secretaries of the States or Union Territories will be made accountable. It also went on to direct the Registrars of various High Courts to sanction reimbursement of funds to the judges for availing medical facilities.

Read the Order:

Medical-facilities-for-retired-CJs-and-Judges-of-HCs.pdf
Preview
Bar and Bench - Indian Legal news
www.barandbench.com