Bombay high court asks chief secretary to respond to plea seeking updates on Manohar Parrikar’s health

PANAJI: The high of Bombay at Goa on Monday directed the chief secretary to file a reply on the maintainability of a petition seeking the status of chief minister Manohar Parrikar’s and his capability to continue holding the post.

The court will first examine whether such a petition can be entertained by it.

Advocate Rohit Bras De Sa, representing the petitioner, social activist Trajano D’Mello, told the court on Monday that the larger question was whether Parrikar was able to discharge his functions as a chief minister. He stated that Parrikar was battling for life and that a medical bulletin had not been issued to the public till date.

When Justice R M Borde pointed out that the issue was similar to that in , De Sa replied that a medical bulletin had been issued to the public in that case.

‘Manohar Parrikar’s wishes should be respected’

When Justice R M Borde pointed out that the issue was similar to that in Tamil Nadu, De Sa replied that a medical bulletin had been issued to the public in that case.

Arguing that Parrikar was entitled to his privacy, advocate general Dattaprasad Lawande said Parrikar’s wishes should be respected. De Sa, however, said the chief minister’s office (CMO) could not raise blanket immunity and suggested that it submit a sealed cover to the court on the condition of Parrikar’s health. “The people are entitled to know,” De Sa said.

D’Mello, in his petition, has sought directions to the chief secretary to immediately have a team of expert doctors evaluate Parrikar and release the report to the public.

He has also prayed for an order to declare Parrikar’s mental health state, adding that the citizens were entitled to this information in order to ascertain whether decisions by Parrikar were taken in the best interest of the state.

At this juncture, Justice Borde asked De Sa not to use the term, ‘mental health’, and use ‘state of health’ instead.
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