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Murder convict alleges medical negligence in jail

mumbai Updated: Jul 13, 2010 01:42 IST
HT Correspondent

A murder convict has approached the Bombay High Court seeking action against a medical practitioner after whose treatment he allegedly suffered paralysis in his left hand.

Pankaj Singh(40), who is undergoing a life sentence in Thane Central Prison, had written a letter to the Bombay High Court, which has been converted to a petition.

In his letter, Singh has alleged that after one Dr Nawhare gave him some tablets and injection to treat his cold and fever in August 2009, his left hand got paralysed.

Suspecting it to be a case of medical negligence, a division bench of Justice B.H. Marlapalle and Justice Roshan Dalvi asked the prison authorities to produce all medical records of treatment given to Singh. “This is something serious, we will have to check if a wrong injection was given to him out of negligence,” remarked Justice Marlapalle. The high court also directed additional public prosecutor Prajakta Shinde to submit Singh's medical papers in two weeks.

Singh was convicted in a murder case by Thane sessions court on June 15, 2009.

While he was lodged in the Thane central prison, Singh complained of cold and fever on August 19, 2009. He was working in electrical department there.

“I went to the medical officer, Dr Nawhare, who gave me some medicines and an injection. I felt severe pain in my left hand, the next day my left arm stopped moving and later I realised it was paralysed,” Singh claimed in his application.

Following Singh's first application before the single judge last year, Thane jail superintendent Yogesh Desai informed the court that Singh was shifted to the Mumbai Central prison on September, 30, 2009 and was undergoing treatment at JJ hospital.

Singh’s application was disposed of. In his fresh application, Singh complained that there is “not much improvement in his hand”. After receiving treatment for a year, he is able to move only his fingers.