A senior advocate has approached the Bombay high court seeking its intervention for the implementation of a 1989 Supreme Court judgment, which directed immediate emergency medical aid stating that had the judgment been implemented, slain journalist J Dey could have been saved.
Dey, editor (special investigations), with Mid Day was shot dead in broad daylight on June 11 in Powai. Pundit Parmanand Katara, senior Supreme Court advocate, mentioned a news report before the division bench of chief justice Mohit Shah and justice Girish Godbole stating that Dey was denied medical attention at Powai Polyclinic, a 25-bed hospital.
According to the report, Dey was rushed to Powai Polyclinic at 2.55pm, which refused to treat him saying they were ill-equipped to handle such an emergency.
Dey was then taken to Dr LH Hiranandani Hospital where Dey was declared dead on arrival at 3.05 pm. Katara told the judges that he was forced to come to the high court after reading the news report. "I was a party-in-person in the Supreme Court which on my petition gave a landmark judgment that all government and private hospitals are bound to give instant medical aid to any injured who was brought to them and zonal jurisdiction would not be a bar," said Katara.
The SC had directed widespread publicity of the judgment, which has not been done. "Because of lack of awareness of this judgment, he (Dey) died," said Katara, adding, "Had there been a publicity of this news, Dey could have been saved."
The first hour after the accident, especially the first 15-20 minutes are very crucial in saving the life of a victim, submitted Katara. Katara has requested the court to take suo motu (on its own) cognisance of the news report and treat it as a petition.
The judges will take a decision on whether to treat the news report as a petition.