Conjoined twins: SC raps Bihar for absence

The Supreme Court on Friday censured the Bihar government for its "perpetual absence" during the hearing of a PIL pertaining to conjoined twins from Patna, who require medical and financial aid.

"The state of Bihar has been made a party to the case and they are necessary. They are however perpetually absent from hearings," remarked a Bench of Justices K S Radhakrishnan and Dipak Misra.

Posting the next hearing for November 5, the court asked ASG Siddharth Luthra to look into the issue of providing a one-time grant to the parents of 16-year-old twin sisters Saba and Farah Saleem. It also took on record a report by an AIIMS team that had examined them on October 21.

The report said the family of the twins was averse to their medical examination but had requested for financial help and palliative care.

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