The Jammu and Kashmir High Court has directed the state government to seek information about the amount to be spent on further treatment of an acid attack victim immediately from concerned hospital authorities.
A division bench of Justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar and Justice J R Kotwal passed the directions after it was informed that the concerned Hospital has sought time to make assessment on actual amount to be spent for further treatment of the victim.
21-year-old student was injured when unidentified car-borne youth attacked her with acid outside her college in Nowshehra area of here on December 11.
The court however took the compliance report on the information secured by the government from SankaraNetharalaya, Unit of Medical Research Foundation, Chennai and Apollo Hospital, Greams Road, Chennai about the amount spent on the treatment of the acid victim so far.
Meanwhile, the Additional Advocate General R A Khan representing the state in the case submitted that he was in possession of cheque drawn in the name of Registrar Judicial of this Court for an amount of Rs. 7,19,031 for payment to the father of the victim.
Khan was directed to deposit the cheque with the Registrar Judicial within two days time while the Registrar Judicial was asked to en-cash the same and pay the amount to the father of victim following his proper identification by his counsel through an Account Payee's Cheque.
"The father of the victim of acid attack shall also cooperate with the respondents in providing required information," the court ordered, listing the case in the week commencing February, 23, 2015.
Expressing satisfaction over the pace of investigation as indicated in the status report, the bench said, "We hope and trust that the Investigating agency will conclude the investigation without further delay and file the report in accordance with law before the Court of Competent Jurisdiction,"
Hearing a Public Interest Litigation by the Kashmir Bar Association on the acid attack on the law graduate, the High Court on December 30, 2014 had directed the state through Chief Secretary to take all steps for providing complete treatment to the victim. The HCBA was represented by Advocate MianTufail, Advocate S. F. Qadiri.