Goa Govt Seeks More Time To File Affidavit On CM Parrikar’s Health
The Panaji Bench of the Bombay High Court on Thursday adjourned for the third time the hearing of a petition seeking clarity on the health status of ailing Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.
The state government has sought more time to respond to a notice issued by the court last month to the state Chief Secretary to file an affidavit specifying Parrikar's health status.
Speaking to reporters in Panaji on Thursday, Rohit Bras de sa, advocate for the petitioner Trajano D'Mello, said that the high court had directed the state advocate general to file a reply by 7 December, while adjourning the matter for hearing on 11 December.
D'Mello, in his petition filed earlier this month, had sought directions to state Chief Secretary Dharmendra Sharma to evaluate the former defence minister's health by a panel of expert doctors and release the report in the public domain.
He returned from New Delhi's All India Institute of Medical Sciences on 14 October and has not attended any official meeting or function outside his private residence.
The Opposition, as well the ruling coalition's allies, have been demanding the chief minister's resignation, claiming that the administration has come to a standstill due to his absence.
Ever since Parrikar's health started deteriorating there has been no health bulletin, as demanded by the Opposition, forthcoming from the Chief Minister's Office, barring several informal intimations to the media, which suggested that he was suffering from "indigestion" and "mild pancreatitis".