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Chronology of events that led to SC recognising 'living will'

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Following is the chronology of events related to today's landmark verdict by a five-judge bench, recognising 'living will' to be made by terminally-ill patients for passive euthanasia:

_ May 11, 2005: SC takes note of PIL of NGO 'Common Cause' seeking nod to allow terminally-ill persons to execute a living will for passive It seeks the Centre's response on the plea which seeks declaration of 'right to die with dignity' as a Fundamental Right under Article 21 (right to life) of the

_ Jan 16, 2006: SC allows (DMC) to intervene and asks it to file documents on passive

_ Apr 28: suggests a draft bill on passive and says such pleas be made to HCs which should decide after taking experts' views.

_ Jan 31, 2007: SC asks parties to file documents.

_ Mar 7, 2011: SC, on a separate plea on behalf of Aruna Shanbaug, allows passive euthanasia for the lying in at a hospital in

_ Jan 23, 2014: A three-judge bench led by then CJI P Sathasivam starts final hearing in the case.

_ Feb 11: DMC files copy of proceedings of International Workshop for Policy Statement on and SC reserves verdict.

_ Feb 25: SC cites inconsistencies in earlier verdicts on passive euthanasia including the one given in the Shanbaug case and refers the PIL to a bench.

_ July 15: A five-judge bench commences hearing on the plea, issues notices to all states and UTs, and appoints T R Andhyarujina as an amicus curiae. He dies during the pendency of the case.

_ Feb 15, 2016: Centre says that it is deliberating the issue.

_ Oct 11, 2017: Five-judge Constitution bench led by CJI Dipak Misra hears arguments and reserves the verdict.

_ March 9, 2018: SC recognises 'living will' made by terminally-ill patients for passive euthanasia and lays down guidelines on procedures to be adopted for it.

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First Published: Fri, March 09 2018. 12:35 IST