Let parliament decide on euthanasia, says SC

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday said that people’s court or the parliament should decide the legality of passive euthanasia or ‘living will’.

A constitutional bench also comprising of Justices Kurian Joseph, Shiva Kirti Singh, A K Goel and R F Nariman while agreeing to wait till July 20 to pass a law on passive euthanasia said that, “We are not passing any order at this stage.”

The bench ruled that said that the issue “is something which should be debated in peoples' court, i.e. Parliament.”

Additional Solicitor General P S Patwalia opposed the plea of NGO Common Cause and its advocate Prashant Bhushan that the court should consider and pass an order at least on the limited issue of Living Will, till a legislation is enacted.

During the hearing, ASG Patwalia cited the example of former Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher, who is being kept alive on the hope that he will return to normalcy one day.

He submitted that since the Health Ministry was examining the Law Commission report after which a Bill would be drafted by the Law Ministry, the apex court should defer the hearing and wait till July for the debate to take place.

News24 Bureau