While disposing of a petition filed by a 54-year-old man to seek permission to accept an unrelated donor’s kidney, the Bombay high court, on Monday, directed a Pune hospital to process the papers required for the transplantation and to forward it to the authorisation committee within a month, so that the application can be reconsidered.
Afflicted by chronic renal failure, Kalbhor needs to undergo dialysis every alternate day. His friend of 15 years, Sanjay Bange, offered to donate a kidney but was denied permission.
In his petition, Kalbhor said that although the necessary documentation was processed and forwarded to the authorisation committee and to the dean of BJ Medical College and Sassoon General Hospital, Pune, the committee said they had stopped accepting requests for transplants from unrelated donors.
The Transplantation of Human Organs Act allows only near relatives to act as donors. However, section 9 of the act states that if an unrelated person wishes to become a donor, an application should be made to the local authorisation committee.
On Monday, a vacation bench of justice SJ Kathawala and justice AM Thipsay ruled that the committee should reconsider the application and decide afresh.
“The petitioners have to resubmit their documents to the hospital within a week. The hospital will forward it to the committee within a month,” said Uday Warunjikar, Kalbhor’s lawyer.