Wife asks to ac­cess ill hubby’s bank a/cs

The Free Press Journal - - MUMBAI -

A wo­man from Navi Mum­bai has ap­proached the Bom­bay High Court seek­ing to be ap­pointed as the guardian of her 63-year-old hus­band, who is co­matose, and to be per­mit­ted to ac­cess his bank ac­counts.

The wo­man, in her pe­ti­tion filed ear­lier this week, sought to be ap­pointed as her hus­band’s guardian — in the ab­sence of spe­cific le­gal pro­vi­sions to deal with the rights of such pa­tients — so that she can use his ac­count to fund his med­i­cal care. The high court on Thurs­day di­rected the sub­di­vi­sional mag­is­trate of Thane col­lec­torate to sub­mit a re­port on the health of the man, who is a re­tired gen­eral man­ager of a pub­lic sec­tor un­der­tak­ing (PSU).

A di­vi­sion bench headed by Jus­tice S M Kemkar was hear­ing the wo­man’s pe­ti­tion claim­ing that her hus­band has been co­matose for over a month now.

The wo­man, in her pe­ti­tion, sub­mit­ted re­ports of neu­rol­o­gists from Apollo Hospi­tal in Navi Mum­bai cer­ti­fy­ing that her hus­band was suf­fer­ing from ‘ma­lig­nant MCA ter­ri­tory in­farc­tion of the brain’ and was “in a per­sis­tent veg­e­ta­tive state”.

The bench di­rected the sub-divi­sional mag­is­trate from Thane col­lec­torate to visit the cou­ple’s house at Nerul in Navi Mum­bai and pre­pare a re­port on the man's health con­di­tion by to­mor­row, when the pe­ti­tion would be heard.

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