No more shabby handwriting UP Court told ‘docs’; 3 doctors fined Rs. 5000

Lucknow: Putting poor handwriting of doctors on record, a Lucknow bench of Allahabad high court has imposed Rs 5,000 penalty each on three doctors in separate cases for their illegible handwriting.

During the hearing of the three criminal cases last week, the bench considered it an obstruction in the court work and summoned the three doctors — Dr TP Jaiswal of Unnao, Dr PK Goel of Sitapur and Dr Ashish Saxena of Gonda. Based on the injury report of the victims issued by hospitals from Sitapur, Unnao and Gonda district hospitals, a bench of Justice Ajai Lamba and Justice Sanjay Harkauli admonished them and asked them to deposit Rs 5,000 penalty in the court’s library as their handwriting was found to be “very poor” and “not readable”.

As reported by ToI, the court further directed principal secretary (home), principal secretary (medical & health) and director general (medical & health) to ensure that in the future medico reports are prepared in “easy language and legible handwriting”. It also suggested that such reports should be typed using a computer.