The Delhi high court has issued notices to the Centre and the Chief of Army Staff among others on a plea of a mechanic alleging that his wife succumbed to head injuries due to neglect at the army hospital in New Delhi.
A bench headed by Justice Gita Mittal asked the Defence Ministry and others, including doctors of Delhi-based Army Hospital (Research and Referral), to respond to the plea by February 24.
The court also asked them to provide to Niranjan Singh, who lost his wife last year, a copy of the findings of the Court of Inquiry proceedings conducted by the army to ascertain the cause of her death.
Singh, a havildar who is working as a vehicle mechanic at Army Headquarters here, had recently filed the petition seeking a direction to the Commanding Officer of his department to provide him the copy of inquiry proceedings.
Besides seeking "exemplary compensation" for the loss of his wife Kavita, he has also sought "a fair and impartial inquiry" into her death and subsequent "fabrication" of her postmortem report.
Kavita, a mother of two minors, fell on the floor on May 20 last year and was taken to the Army Hospital at Delhi Cantonment for treatment of head injuries.
"But, she was not given any treatment for more than two hours. Later, she was given six stitches in a most casual manner by the doctor and the request of the petitioner for carrying out further investigation including CT Scan was not accepted," the petition said.
Kavita's condition deteriorated and the next day she died, it said.
"The medical authorities not only committed such gross act of negligence but thereafter apparently as a result of connivance of the medical authorities including the highest ranking officials of the Army Hospital (R&R) a post mortem was carried out against his will," it alleged.
The authorities at the hospital took away all the treatment and medical slips to destroy the evidence of Kavita's treatment, Singh claimed.
"Even the Court of Inquiry conducted by the unit of the petitioner (Singh) wherein all factual aspects were brought out by the witnesses has not been provided to him till date as the post mortem report was also made available to him only after about two months after repeated requests for the same," it said.
Singh had impleaded the Defence Ministry, the Chief of the Army staff, the Director General, the Commandant, the Commanding officer and doctors Rahul Sood, Narender Kumar, and Anil Kumar as parties.