SC issues notice to Centre over guidelines banning Transgenders from donating Blood

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On Friday, the Apex Court issued notices to the Central Govt & other parties after hearing a Public Intrest Litigation (PIL) challenging the constitutional validity of Section 12 & 51 of Blood Donor guidelines, 2017, which has imposed a blanket ban on transgender persons from donating blood.

A 3-Judge bench, headed by CJI S A Bobde, issued notice to the Govt after hearing a plea filed by T Santa Singh.

The petitioner had moved the Supreme Court challenging the current rules of the 2017 guidelines, which barred transgender persons from donating blood.

“We issue a notice to the respondents, & we will see their replies,” the bench led by CJI Bobde said.

The PIL filed by Santa Singh, before the Supreme Court has challenged the constitutional validity of section 12 & 51 of Blood Donor guidelines 2017, & sought a stay on the rule.

“These are medical matters. We don’t understand these issues,” the CJI Bobde, said, but, however, issued a notice to the Central Govt & sought its detailed replies in the issue.

The Top Court refused to stay the present blood donor guidelines & added that it would not pass orders without understanding the issue.

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