How can a person vanish in thin air, asks SC | India News

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday faced a curious case of a person, who was admitted as a corona patient to a Prayagraj hospital last May, remaining untraceable for the last one year despite the formation of two SITs led by senior police officers.
The UP government had rushed to the SC challenging an Allahabad HC decision to summon all top ranking bureaucrats and police officers for their failure to trace the man, who was admitted as a corona patient to Tej Bahadur Sapru hospital at Prayagraj.
Son of Ramlal Yadav, the missing person, had moved a habeas corpus petition before the HC, which had directed the officials to either produce the person or appear in person before the court.
Appearing for the UP government, senior advocate Garima Prasad said that 82-year-old Yadav, a retired engineer, was admitted to the hospital and has been missing since May 8 last year. “There was death of three covid patients on May 6 last year in the hospital. The relatives of the deceased persons created ruckus in the hospital and the person in-charge of the CCTV was also infected with coronavirus. It was realised on May 8 that yadav was missing from the hospital,” Prasad said.
She said the police had formed two SITs headed by high ranking officials to trace the missing person. The police have examined more than 300 persons and scanned the CCTV footage of all nearby areas and yet have not been able to get any clue about Yadav, she said.
A bench of Chief Justice N V Ramana and Justices Krishna Murari and Hima Kohli asked, “How can a person, who was finding it difficult to walk, vanish in thin air from the hospital bed? Did you check the list of unclaimed bodies cremated during that period?”
Prasad said that the police had done its best and are still continuing with the search operations, but it was harsh on part of the HC to order personal presence of all top ranking bureaucrats and police when the efforts have not fructified.
The bench stayed the HC order directing personal appearance of the bureaucrats and police officers but asked the UP government whether it was ready to pay compensation to the family of the untraced person. Prasad said the state was ready to abide by whatever amount the SC felt was a reasonable compensation. SC asked the UP government to pay Rs 50,000 interim compensation and fixed the matter for further hearing in July.

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