New Delhi: The city government was asked
on Wednesday by the Delhi High Court to provide artificial limbs to
the victims injured in the bomb blast at its reception counter
on September 7 last year.
A bench of Acting Chief Justice A K Sikri and Justice
Rajiv Sahai Endlaw asked the government to provide prosthetic
limbs through All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)
to the victims within a month.
The court also directed it to foot the bills in case the
victims get treated from any hospital other than the AIIMS.
The bench passed the order on a public interest lawsuit
filed by an advocate seeking a direction to the government to
provide prosthetic limbs to the blast victims, including one
Vipin Kumar Gautam.
Petitioner Gaurav Bansal argued Gautam became permanently
incapacitated as his left leg had to be amputated following
injuries sustained in the blast which killed 17 people and
injured over 90 others.
When Gautam had approached the AIIMS for artificial limb,
the institution asked him to foot the bills, leaving him
running from pillar to post for the artificial limb, argued
He pointed out that the court had on September 21 last
year directed the govt to pay Rs 10 lakh to the permanently
disabled victims and had also directed to provide free
treatments to the victims under its `Freeship Medical