Government slammed for denying certificate to blast victim (Lead)February 9th, 2012 - 12:02 am ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Feb 8 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Wednesday issued notice to the central and Delhi governments for denial of a medical certificate to a non-resident Indian victim of the 2011 bomb blast outside the court complex, which was preventing him from visiting his family in Toronto, Canada.
Taking suo motu cognisance of a media report published in a national daily, the division bench of Acting Chief Justice A.K. Sikri and Justice R.S. Endlaw sought a status report from the two governments by next week.
Nitin Mandlaus, a Canada-based software consultant, was injured in the blast Sep 7, 2011. Nearly 822 pieces of shrapnel got embeded in his body.
According to media reports, after four long operations the 37-year-old still walked about with 600-odd metal pieces inside his body. Apart from the pain, the tiny objects were preventing his return to his home in Toronto and meeting his wife and son.
When Mandlaus approached the Canadian high commission, he was told by the officials that he could be arrested in Canada for the offence of possessing metallic objects with him.
A media report published Feb 2 said: “Nitin cannot go to Canada since he will be arrested for possessing metallic objects with him. This has been made clear to him by the high commission officials. They told him that only a certificate from a senior medical practitioner stating the exact chain of events and his medical condition can get him an entry into Canada.”
Mandlaus was denied the certificate by doctors of the Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital, where he had got the treatment, as the doctors said they did not have the legal power to issue such a document, according to the report.
Mandlaus cannot catch a flight to Canada without a certificate from doctors explaining the presence of metal pieces in his body, including his skull.
Despite representations to both the central and Delhi governments, Mandlaus did not get a favourable response, the report said.
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