The Supreme Court Advocate-On-Record Association today (July 9) has passed a resolution unanimously calling upon the competent authority to immediately hold a time-bound enquiry against the erring officers, SC Security & Govt dispensary on account of failure which has cost a precious life of Advocate, Mr S. K. Dhingra.
On July 8, Mr. SK Dhingra, 80 year old lawyer with almost 50 years of practice died after consecutive heart attacks in his chamber. Reportedly, his clerk had called up his daughter, also a lawyer. He had called the Government Dispensary which is in the Supreme Court Complex but no doctor was available on duty that time. There was no ambulance which usually stands outside the dispensary.
Today, taking note of the unfortunate demise of lawyer Mr SK Dhingra, SCAORA holds a virtual meeting and passed a resolution.
“It has come to the notice of SCAORA that sudden demise of Mr. S. K. Dhingra, Advocate within the Supreme Court premises was reportedly due to non availability of any basic medical assistance from the government dispensary within the Supreme Court premises, which apparently had no medicine, no doctor on duty nor an ambulance. Further, such untimely demise of Mr. S. K. Dhingra was reportedly also due to the refusal by the Supreme Court security to allow entry of the vehicle from Gate B despite being told of the emergency medical situation- which wasted crucial time that could have led providing emergency medical treatment to Mr. S. K. Dhingra, Advocate and saved his life. Should this be the position, it is an utter failure of the Supreme Court administration and security,” said SCAORA.
SCAORA calls upon the competent authority to immediately hold a time-bound enquiry against the concerned officers in the Supreme Court administration, the Supreme Court security and the government dispensary within the Supreme Court premises, and to take strict penal action, including prosecution for criminal negligence and dismissal from service, against the erring officers.
In its letter SCAORA noted, that Supreme Court does not have a state-of-art Emergency Medical facility within its premises for the benfit of the Advocates. SCAORA demands that such facility be set up and Standard Operative Procedure be laid down immediately so that no person passes away within its premises awaiting medical treatment. SCAORA further demands that the Supreme Court security be directed to be of assistance during an emergency medical situation within the Court premises.
Read the resolution here;
-India Legal Bureau