Mumbai man jumps queue to get brain-dead brother’s kidney SC raps state govt, permits dance bars to serve alcohol
Owing to exceptional circumstances, a 47-year-old advocate from Mumbai with end-stage kidney disease has been allowed to receive a kidney from his 45-year-old brain-dead brother, bypassing 3,000 people in line for a transplant.
The decision to approve the transplant was taken on Wednesday. Dr Jagdish Prasad, director general of the Directorate of Health Services (DHS), Delhi, decided to allow Nitin Vhatkar, the recipient, to jump the queue on humanitarian grounds as he has no blood relatives other than his younger brother Sandeep, who was declared brain-dead last Friday, after suffering a brain haemorrhage. A kidney is more likely to be compatible with a recipient if the donor is a blood relative. Dr Prasad also took into account the fact that Nitin is willing to donate his brother’s heart, liver, corneas and one of his kidneys — provided he gets the other.
The director of DHS, Maharashtra, had approved the transplant on Tuesday night, but there was a debate on whether it contravened the law, so the matter was sent to DHS, Delhi. Dr Prasad said he gave his approval as the two are related and because others will benefit from Nitin’s decision to donate his brother’s organs.
The Supreme Court termed selective prohibition on serving liquor inside the dance bar by the Maharashtra government as absurd and said it indicated the state’s “regressive mindset by centuries”.
“If a bar has the licence to serve liquor, how can you stop them from serving it in the area where dancers perform? Either you ban liquor completely. But you can’t say dance bars will not serve liquor,” the bench headed by justice Dipak Misra told senior counsel Shekhar Naphade, appearing for the state.
Nitin Vhatkar: The recipient