SC takes strong note of denying medical care to Kuki undertrial prisoner, says it does not 'trust State'

The top court further warned the Manipur government that it will be "taken to task" if something serious is revealed in the prisoner's medical report.
SC takes strong note of denying medical care to Kuki undertrial prisoner, says it does not 'trust State'

NEW DELHI: Expressing its displeasure over the fact that an undertrial at the Manipur Central Jail was denied necessary medical care, only because he belongs to the Kuki community, the Supreme Court on Wednesday, made a scathing attack on the Manipur government and said that "we do not trust the State."

"Sorry counsel, we do not trust the State (of Manipur). We do not. The accused was not taken to hospital because he is from the Kuki community? So sad. We direct him to be examined now. If the medical report reveals something serious, we will take you to task! Remember that," a two-judge Vacation Bench of  the top court, led by Justice JB Pardiwala and Justice Ujjal Bhuyan, said.

Keeping in view the fact that the accused was suffering from piles and tuberculosis, the top court, while taking a very humane approach, directed the jail superintendent as well as responsible authority of State of Manipur to make necessary arrangements for accused undertrial's transportation to Gauhati Medical college and said he would be examined there for his necessary treatment.

"All the expenses have to be borne by the state," the top court directed.

The bench perused an order of the Manipur High Court and found that the undertrial prisoner was not taken to hospital since he was from Kuki community and "shifting him to a hospital will be hazardous taking into account the law and order situation".

The apex court in the order also noted that the trial was yet to begin against him and that the accused have been complaining of severe backache to jail officials.

The apex court directed the officials concerned to obtain a detailed medical report in this regard and place it on or before July 15, the next date of hearing in the case. 

Manipur descended into chaos and violence in May last year over a high court order directing the state government to consider including the non-tribal Meitei community in the list of Scheduled Tribes.

More than 170 people have been killed and several hundred others injured since ethnic violence first broke out in the state on May 3 last year when a Tribal Solidarity March' was organised in hill districts to protest against the majority Meitei community's demand for ST status.

(With inputs from PTI)

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