Issue of Euthanasia has been referred to five judge constitutional bench

The Supreme Court today referred the issue of legalising euthanasia in the India to a five-judge Constitution bench. The court said, there has been inconsistent opinion in its previous verdicts on withdrawing medical support to terminally ill patients and hence the three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam said that it is extremely important to have a clear enunciation of law on this issue and referred the matter to a larger Constitution bench.

The court said that the Constitution bench will go into all aspects of the issue and take a final decision on framing guidelines.

The Bench also comprising justices Ranjan Gogoi and S K Singh passed the order on a PIL to allow a terminally ill person not to continue with artificial medical support.

The Centre had vociferously opposed the plea terming it as “suicide” which could not be allowed in the country. With today’s direction, the apex court’s earlier order, which had rejected the plea for active euthanasia, will also be relooked into by the larger bench.

Keywords: Supreme Court of India, Justice Rajan Gogoi, Justice SK singh, Chief Justice P Sathasivam,, Constitutional Law, Euthanasia

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