The Supreme Court on Friday sought a detailed report from the Union of India's expert committee, after hearing a PIL which alleged that more than 10,000 persons have faulty hip implants marketed by US multinational Fortune 500 Johnson and Johnson company.
The Public Interest Litigation, filed by A K Goenka, a relative of one of the victims, sought the intervention of the apex court and a direction to find out the faulty hip implants to those people.
After hearing detailed arguments from the petitioner and lawyer Deepak Kumar Nagtolia, the Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi-headed bench, sought the Centre's expert committee report on the issue within two months.
'Take appropriate steps to protect the fundamental rights under Article 21 (right to life) for 14,525 patients who had undergone the deputy acetabular surface replacement (ASR) hip implant surgeries since 2005,' pleaded the petition.
It also sought a direction to the Union government to advertise across India about the recall of the faulty implants and devise a suitable mechanism for the safety of 14,525 patients, who had undergone hip replacement surgery. (UNI)