Court refuses to extend AIIMS chief’s tenure

July 2nd, 2008 - 7:01 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 2 (IANS) Refusing to extend the term of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Director P. Venugopal, the Delhi High Court Wednesday dismissed a mother’s plea to continue his tenure so that her son could receive proper treatment. Justice G.S. Sistani, while dismissing the plea, also pulled up the petitioner for not approaching the court earlier.

“This is a prompted petition and if you were concerned about the treatment of your child, then you would have approached us earlier,” the court said.

Venugopal retired Wednesday.

Sistani also said Venugopal’s tenure would not be extended just for one patient as there were thousands others being treated in the hospital.

Filing a petition through counsel Sugriv Dubey, Mira Mishra said her son’s treatment would remain incomplete if Venugopal retired as scheduled.

Mishra said her son was suffering from a heart problem as one of the valves was not functioning properly. Venugopal and his team have been treating the boy since his birth and she had been assured that this would be completed by January this year, she added.

“When I approached the hospital for final treatment in January, I was told that the noted heart surgeon was removed from the post,” Mishra said.

Following an apex court judgement reinstating Venugopal as the AIIMS director, Mishra said she again approached the hospital for her child’s treatment.

However, she was told that Venugopal’s term would end July 2, before the completion of her son’s treatment. She moved the high court to urge that Venugopal’s term be extended by six months.

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