Shimla, May 4
A doctor from Kangra district who challenged his deputation to a covid hospital in Una got a rap from the state high court on Monday for “trying to escape from his duties and responsibilities”.
Division bench of Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan and justice Chander Bhusan Barowalia dismissed the petition in limine (at the threshold), stating that there is nothing to show that the doctor is incapacitated to serve at the transferred station.
The doctor had challenged his transfer to a makeshift covid hospital in Palakwah in Una district saying that he had met with an accident three years ago and remained hospitalised for five months due to multiple injuries. So he would not be able to serve at the place of deputation, he said in his petition.
“If he is fit enough to serve in Kangra district, why can he not serve at the covid makeshift hospital in Una district?” the court observed.
“In the garb of self-unwillingness to serve, the petitioner cannot be permitted to shirk from his duties and responsibilities and this tendency has to be dealt and curbed with an iron fist,” bench added.
The bench further remarked that exhausted frontline covid workers are currently fighting the grimmest battle against covid and it is important for them to work on a rotation basis or else the health system may collapse.