Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Kerala High Court stays order issued by Calicut airport health officer

Kochi: Kerala High Court has stayed the order issued by the health officer of Calicut International Airport who had insisted getting his approval 48 hours before human remains are brought to India from Gulf countries.

The court issued the interim order on the petition filed by Dr Hanil Sajjad, Manager, Abudabi Universal Hospital seeking to quash the circular mandating prior permission for bringing bodies.

The circular mandates four certificates - death certificate, embalming certificate, no objection certificate (NOC) from Indian high commission of the country concerned and cancelled copy of the passport of the deceased.

According to the circular these certificates should be provided 48 hours before the arrival of mortal remains, either online or in person at the Airport Health Office (APHO).The cause of death should be mentioned on the death certificate, to ensure death is not due to a contagious decease or other deceases notified by international health organisations.

According to the petitioner, the circular is inhumane and the same is akin to treating the dead body as a hazardous object. This is causing hardship to the relatives.
24/07/17 New Indian Express