RML Hospital readies certificate,‘shrapnel’ man can fly home

Central and Delhi governments have ensured that a Canada-based software consultant can finally fly back home.

Written by Utkarsh Anand | New Delhi | Published: February 23, 2012 1:03:45 am

With the Delhi High Court intervening,the Central and Delhi governments have ensured that a Canada-based software consultant,one of the survivors of the blast outside the High Court last year,can finally fly back home.

Nitin Mandlaus had been unable to return to his family in Toronto because of the presence of metal shrapnel in his body.

The Central government informed the bench headed by Acting Chief Justice A K Sikri that a medical certificate had been prepared by the RML Hospital and using this,Mandlaus can travel to Canada without any problem.

“The medical certificate has been readied by the RML Hospital and it can be collected from the Hospital Medical Superintendent anytime now. The certificate will enable him to travel anywhere and there will be no issues with immigration,” Jatan Singh,standing counsel for the Central government,informed the bench.

The bench,which had taken suo motu notice of reports on Mandlaus’s inability to travel home to Canada owing to the presence of metal pieces in his body and the lack of a medical certificate explaining this,took the counsel’s statement on record and disposed of the petition.

During the hearing,the counsel for Mandlaus also moved an application seeking more compensation for him,but the court turned down the request.

“The compensation has already been announced by the High Court in a separate petition and Mandlaus has already received monetary relief accordingly. This petition is suo motu congnisance and,hence,if you want more compensation,you will have to file a separate petition,” the bench said.

Mandlaus had 822 pieces of shrapnel embedded in his body. After four surgeries,the 37-year-old still has some 600 metal pieces in his body.

When Mandlaus approached the Canadian High Commission,he was reportedly told by the officials that he could be arrested in Canada for the offence of possessing metallic objects with him.

Initially,Mandlaus was said to have been denied the certificate by doctors of RML Hospital,where he had been treated. The doctors said they did not have legal powers to issue such a document.

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