DEATH OF 25 CHAINED INMATES IN ASYLUM FIRE IN TAMIL NADU Vs. UNION OF INDIA
SUPREME COURT OF INDIA (FROM: MADRAS)
ASYLUM FIRE IN TAMIL NADU
UNION OF INDIA
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(1.)On the basis of submission note of the Registrar (Judicial) to a news item published in all leading dailies about a gruesome tragedy in which more than 25 mentally challenged patients housed in a mental asylum at Ervadi in Ramanathapuram district were charred to death, the patients could not escape the blaze as they had been chained to poles or beds, this Court took suo motu action.
(2.)After considering the factual report, Dr. Abhishek Manu Singhvi, learned senior counsel was appointed as Amicus Curiae to assist the Court and notice was also issued to the Union of India.
(3.)Thereafter, by order dated 15-10-2001 this Court called for the report of the State of Tamil Nadu on the subject and also sought information on the topics which are mentioned , from the State Governments and Union Government on an affidavit of competent authority.
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