The Madras High Court dismissed a petition filed by a lady doctor, seeking the formation of a ‘multi-disciplinary’ committee to monitor the health conditions of the TN CM Jayalalithaa, terming it as yet another publicity stunt.
The petitioner Doctor G Pravina sought the court to direct the TN Chief Secretary to constitute and also head an emergency life-saving committee, comprising of specialist doctors from the government hospitals in the state, a member hailing from the judiciary and two close associates of the CM. According to her, the Apollo Hospitals, Chennai had failed to provide appropriate treatment for the speedy recovery of the CM and the failure on its part to provide medical updates for some time since 3rd Oct 16 would be of the nature of affecting the fundamental right to life.
The court had made the following observations while dismissing the petition:
“We fail to understand the intervention sought to be made by the petitioner in a matter of this nature and it is for the people concerned to determine the nature of treatment. It is one more publicity interest litigation,” said the first bench.
It may be recalled yet another petition that was filed by Traffic Ramasamy was junked by the court.
Such types of petitions are of little utility because they do not serve any public good. They also backfire as has been rightly observed by the court, they fall into the category of ‘publicity stunt’. However, to our knowledge, the court did not impose any exemplary costs, which in our opinion, must be done to discourage them in future.