UT State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commssion here on Friday issued notices to the PGIMER director and three doctors of the institute, asking them to explain why the institute had not paid Rs 7 lakh as compensation to the parents of Anupama Sarkar, who had died due to the premier institute's negligence in July 2012.
The commission had on April 2, 2013,ordered the PGIMER and CTU to pay Rs 7 lakh and Rs 3 lakh as compensation to the parents of Anupama, who had developed gangrene and had later died as she had not been provided timely treatment after her accident with a CTU bus on July 17, 2012.
However, as the PGIMER failed to comply with the orders, parents of the victim approached the consumer commission, seeking execution of the orders.
Now, the consumer commission has directed the officials of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) to explain why its orders have not been complied with.
“The application was filed under section 27 of the Consumer Protection Act, which provided for punishment upto three years to persons who were guilty of dis-obedience of court orders. The notices have been issued for June 27, 2013,” informed Pankaj Chandgothia, counsel for Anupama's parents.
It is pertinent to mention that the left leg of Anupama, a student of Government Model Senior Secondary School in Sector 18 and a resident of Mauli Jagran complex, was crushed under a bus of Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) on July 17. Her family had alleged that delay in treatment had led to the amputation of Anupama's leg. The delay in surgery resulted in the spread of infection that developed into gas gangrene, they claimed. The condition led to sepsis and her death on July 24, 2012.
It may be recalled that Chandgothia has also filed an appeal on behalf of Anupama' parents for enhancement of compensation which has also been admitted by the national commission and notice issued to PGIMER on May 3, 2013.