Agartala: In a significant judgment, a division bench of Tripura High Court has directed the Directorate of Prisons to set up a medical unit within the premises of Central Correctional Home, located at Bishalgarh under Sepahijala district, to ensure timely treatment of inmates.

The bench, comprising Justice Arindam Lodh and Justice SG Chattopadhyay, also directed the authorities concerned to arrange “emergency funds” so that financial constraints do not hamper in the treatment of ill inmates.

The court passed the directions while dismissing a petition filed by the state government, challenging the order of a single bench. The division bench upheld the verdict passed by the single bench that entitled the wife of one Chandan Dey in getting Rs 10 lakh compensation from the state government.

Speaking on the issue, senior advocate Purashottam Roy Barman, who represented Dey’s wife in the High Court said, “There are three specific directions in connection with the case. First, the court directed the state government to pay Rs 10 lakh to Dey’s family. The court has also asked the authorities to set up a medical unit in the central correctional home and arrange for special and emergency funds for critical treatment of inmates suffering from any kind of health complexities.”

Notably, 35-year-old Chandan Dey was awarded imprisonment for one-and-half years for rash driving. Dey fell seriously ill during the tenure of his imprisonment and on June 9, 2017 he was admitted to GBP hospital.

On June 19, he was referred to SSKM hospital, Kolkata, for better treatment but the department did not shift him to Kolkata. Consequently, Dey breathed his last on May 23 at GBP Hospital for lack of proper treatment. Further medical investigation revealed that Dey was infected by Japanese Encephalitis. Dey’s wife moved the high court seeking compensation.

The HC single bench, headed by Justice Subhasish Talapatra, delivered a judgment directing the state government to pay a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the bereaved family on January 20, 2020. The state government, later, challenged the order in the division bench which stood dismissed.   

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