‘Grant permission for kidney transplant’

The Madras High Court on Wednesday came to the rescue of 53-year-old A. Rani (name changed), suffering from end-stage renal failure, by directing the chairperson of the authorisation committee under the Transplantation of Human Organs Act of 1994 here to grant permission by Friday for transplantation of a kidney to be donated by her 36-year-old son A. Murali Kumar (name changed) of Karamanikuppam in Puducherry.

Justice K. Ravichandrabaabu passed the order after being moved by an urgent writ petition filed by Mr. Murali Kumar claiming that the authorisation committee in Tamil Nadu was not granting permission for the transplantation because, in his desperation, he had made a false claim before it that he was living along with his wife though the fact was that she had deserted him a few months after giving birth to a baby in June 2017.

Stating that his mother was now fighting for her life in a Chennai hospital, the petitioner pleaded with the court to come to his rescue and ensure that he was allowed to donate one of his kidneys.

The judge directed the petitioner to file an affidavit before the authorisation committee stating that he was not living with his wife and also indemnifying the committee from any future litigations.

Such an affidavit should be filed either on Wednesday or Thursday and immediately after receiving it, the committee was ordered to grant clearance for the transplantation. Such clearance should be given on or before Friday, the judge ordered.

The judge took note that doctors had already certified that the petitioner was medically fit to donate his kidney and a Tahsildar in Puducherry too had issued a certificate after inquiring with him with regard to his consent to donate.

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