New Delhi: In the Delhi bomb blast case, the Delhi high court has directed the government of Delhi to provide prosthetic limbs to those who lost their limbs in the blast. The bomb blast near Gate Number 5 of Delhi High Court on September 7 last year had claimed 17 lives while 90 people were injured.

The Delhi High Court bench of Chief Justice AK Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahay instructed the Delhi government to provide the victims with artificial limbs through All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) by the end of this month.

The court has also asked the government to bear the expenses of those receiving treatment at a private hospital. The high court gave this instruction during the hearing of a Public Interest Litigation filed by lawyer Gaurav Bansal citing the plight of the injured Vipin Kumar Gautam. The PIL mentioned, Vipin’s left leg has been completely damaged in the bomb blast and there are several such victims.

When Vipin approached AIIMS for prosthetic limb, he was asked to pay for it. The petitioner told the court, “The High Court had instructed the Delhi government on September 21 to pay Rs 10 lakh to those who are permanently disabled and bear all their expenses.”

(JPN/Bureau)