KOCHI: The National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (Nimhans) has informed the High Court that it will submit the medical report on Sunil Kumar Sahu, a Navy sailor on whom mental disorder was alleged by his seniors, on Friday.
Considering the letter by Nimhans, a Division Bench comprising Justice V K Mohanan and Justice K Harilal posted the case to December 8. The court had earlier directed the director to obtain an independent opinion after conducting exams on his mental condition by constituting a board of expert doctors on a petition filed by the sailor’s wife Aarti Sahu.
The Director submitted that it constituted a medical board and will examine the sailor soon and will submit the report on November 28.INHS Sanjeevani Commandant had produced Sunil Kumar Sahu before Nimhans, for further examination following the court order. The court had earlier referred Sahu to Government Medical College Ernakulam for further examination, after the doctor from Ernakulam General Hospital certified that prima facie no mental instability was found. The doctors of the Department of Psychiatry had submitted that they could not arrive at a definite conclusion. The court observed that the report was not helpful to it in ascertaining whether Sahu has any mental ailment.
Meanwhile, Susan John, a social worker, approached the court to implead in the case. The tests mentioned in the report are very subjective and definite inferences can be made out of them. The medical experts should be cautioned against making such damaging statement.