A special bench comprising of Justices M Sathyanarayanan and M Nirmal Kumar of the Madras High Court on April 20 on its own took into cognizance of the barbaric incidents that took place while the body of doctor who served the people suffering from Coronavirus was taken for burial at Velangadu on Sunday. The bench issued notices to the concerned authorities. This was another instance where the angry mob didn’t allow the municipal authorities to burry the body of the doctor, further the officers were also injured.
The bench while expanding the ambit of Article 21 held that right to decent burial is part of Right to life. Further stating the bench was of the view, it prima facie appears that as a consequence of the alleged acts, a person who practiced the noble profession of doctor and breathed his last, has been deprived of his right to have a burial in a cemetery earmarked for that purpose and that apart, on account of the law and order and public order problem created, the officials who have performed their duties appear to have sustained grievous injuries.
The court further gave directions that citizenry are not supposed to take law into their own hands, as it would lead to chaos and anarchy and to prevent such instances in future.