The family members of former Chief Justice of India J S Verma, who died on April 22 last year at a private hospital in Gurgaon, has decided to move the National Consumer Court after Delhi Medical Council (DMC) ruled out any medical negligence in Verma’s treatment resulting in his death.
Soon after the death of the eminent jurist, wife Pushpa Verma had written to the then prime minister Manmohan Singh, requesting him to launch a thorough probe into her husband’s death, claiming medical negligence. DMC, however, rejected the family’s contention.
At a seminar on medical negligence at Rotary Sadan in Kolkata on Sunday, Subhra Verma Bhatnagar, daughter of the former CJI, while saying that they would appeal to National Consumer Court, also demanded that the central government set up a regulatory body for doctors to whom they would be accountable.
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According to Subhra, her father was first admitted at a private hospital in Noida with swollen feet. Verma later suffered from multiple co-morbidities due to change in medicine, Subhra said. The family has claimed in the past that Verma, despite his old age, was a healthy individual. “From December 26 to January 23, he (Verma) worked 18-20 hours a day to prepare a report on reforming and invigorating anti-rape law. His only significant medical condition was a symptomatic coronary artery disease, which was being managed by diet and exercise,” the family has said.
The jurist’s daughter also wondered what common people must have to go through if a former chief justice’s family faces harassment every day.
“MCI (Medical Council of India) has become a body of the doctors, for the doctors and by the doctors. It has become corrupt. There has to be transparency. I will not stop until we get justice,” she told The Indian Express.