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Undertrial’s death: Doctor says no lack of medication

The Bombay High Court on Thursday admitted a petition filed by the wife of an undertrial alleging her husband died due to lack of medication.

mumbai Updated: Apr 18, 2010 01:46 IST
Urvi Mahajani

The Bombay High Court on Thursday admitted a petition filed by the wife of an undertrial alleging her husband died due to lack of medication.

Purnalaxmi Mistry (23) filed the plea in December 2009 seeking a compensation of Rs 10 lakh, after learning of her husband, Sushant Mistry’s death in Alibaug district prison in 2008.

Dr Vinod Jaiswal of JJ Hospital filed an affidavit refuting Mistry’s allegations. Dr Jaiswal claims Sushant was given the necessary aid and he died of a “cardiac arrest due to automatic dysfunction.”

Mistry’s advocate Rahul Thakur said that Navi Mumbai police arrested Sushant and 14 others for allegedly murdering one Jagdish Nishad.

Sushant was first lodged at Taloja prison and then transferred to Alibaug district prison on November 4, 2008.

On November 7, Sushant fell ill and was admitted to a civic hospital at Alibaug. As his condition worsened, he was shifted to JJ Hospital after two days.

In 2009 the sessions judge acquitted the 14 others observing there was no evidence against them. Dr Jaiswal’s affidavit states Sushant was put on ventilatory support. He was diagnosed with the Guillain-Barré syndrome (an autoimmune disorder affecting the peripheral nervous system).

“His WBC count increased, probably due to sepsis,” said the affidavit. Additional public prosecutor Sujay Gawade said that on November 17, 2008, Sushant suffered a cardiac arrest and was declared dead at around 1 pm. The prison authorities admitted him to the hospital and he was given necessary medical aid, said Gawade.

Mistry, who stays in Nodia district of Bengal, was informed about her husband’s death in November 2009 by some of the inmates, who were arrested with him. She was under the impression that he had died in Taloja prison.