The five-judge Constitution bench of Supreme Court on 16 July 2014 issued notice to the State governments and Union Territories (UTs) to submit their responses over legalising passive euthanasia. State Government and UTs have to submit their responses to the notice till the 17 September 2014.
The five-judge Constitution bench consisted of Chief Justice of India R.M. Lodha, and Justice J.S. Khehar, J. Chelameswar, A.K. Sikri and Rohinton F. Nariman.
Main highlights of the Notice issued by SC Bench
The notice was issued by the SC bench on a PIL filed by Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Common Cause. In the PIL Common Cause had reasoned that, if there is medical expert opinion that a person treatment is beyond from being curable has reached the point of no return, then the person should be given the right to refuse the treatment and die, if the person gives a living will.
However, the Attorney General said this was a matter to be considered by the legislature, because it raised multiple issues, aside from coming with the possibility of misuse.
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When: 16 July 2014