A COVID-19 positive lawyer undergoing treatment at a Delhi hospital joined the hearing of a case via video conference from his hospital bed with an oxygen mask strapped to his face, a gesture which was warmly applauded by the Delhi High Court.
A Single Judge Bench of Justice Prathiba M Singh recorded Advocate Subhash Chandran’s commitment in its order.
Interestingly, the case in which he appeared was related to COVID-19.
He appeared for the wife of a deceased Indian national, who sought repatriation of the buried mortal remains of her Hindu migrant husband from Saudi Arabia, after his body was inadvertently buried in that country.
The petitioner was told by the officials in the Indian Consulate that due to a mistake committed by the official translator, the religion of the husband was wrongly mentioned as ‘Muslim’ in the death certificate, leading to burial of his dead body.
Thereafter, the petitioner requested officials of the Indian Consulate in Jeddah to ask the local authorities to exhume the mortal remains of her husband.
Unfortunately, even after several weeks of his death, the Consulate failed to complete the formalities to repatriate the body for the performance of last rites, prompting the petitioner to move the High Court.
In March, the Delhi High Court asked an officer from the Union Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to coordinate with the Deputy Chief of Mission at the Saudi Embassy in New Delhi for repatriation of the remains.