Sterilisation deaths: Supreme Court refuses to take suo motu action

File proper petition, says Bench to lawyer who sought judicial intervention in the matter.

November 12, 2014 12:21 pm | Updated November 17, 2021 01:59 am IST - New Delhi

Photo shows ambulance carrying bodies of the victims of a faulty sterilisation operation at a Government camp in Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh, on Tuesday. Photo: Special Arrangement

Photo shows ambulance carrying bodies of the victims of a faulty sterilisation operation at a Government camp in Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh, on Tuesday. Photo: Special Arrangement

The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to take suo motu cognisance of news reports on the death of 11 women due to alleged medical negligence in sterilisation surgeries at Bilaspur in Chhattisgarh.

Advocate R. Krishnamurthy produced a newspaper report before a Bench of Chief Justice H.L. Dattu and Justices Madan B. Lokur and A.K. Sikri and pleaded that the court take suo motu cognisance of the incident.

The CJI told counsel: “The Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh has taken up the issue with the Prime Minister. We cannot take suo motu action. Instead of coming out with a newspaper report, you should have come out with proper papers.”

HC demands report

PTI reports:

The Chhattisgarh High Court took suo motu cognisance of the tragedy and asked the government to submit a detailed report on the incident within 10 days, while appointing two advocates as amicus curiae .

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