Petitioner seeks extension for treatment of her son
It is a prompted petition, says judge
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Time to go: Dr. P. Venugopal relinquishes his office as AIIMS Director, in New Delhi on Wednesday
NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday rejected a petition seeking extension of the tenure of All-India Institute of Medical Sciences Director P. Venugopal, observing that it was a motivated plea. Professor Venugopal retired on Wednesday.
Petitioner Meera Mishra sought extension of Professor Venugopal’s tenure, submitting that her nine-year-old son would be deprived of final treatment by him if his term was not extended.
The patient was undergoing treatment under Professor Venugopal for rheumatic heart disease, the petitioner said.
Dismissing the plea, Justice G. S. Sistani said: “It is a prompted petition because if the petitioner was concerned about the treatment of her son she would have approached the Court earlier. There had not been any precedent in the past where the term of a doctor had been extended just for one patient as thousands of patients get treatment at a hospital.”
The petitioner had sought extension of Professor Venugopal’s tenure for six months arguing that her son did not receive treatment from him as he was removed in November last.
The Union government removed Professor Venugopal following approval of the AIIMS (Amendment) Bill by Parliament last year. But the Supreme Court subsequently reinstated him.
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