The Petitioner had approached the High Court seeking to be appointed as the guardian of her husband to protect his interest, administer bank accounts, investments, proprietorship business, etc. and in the event of necessity, to sell the immovable property standing in the name of her husband and to use the proceeds towards medical treatment of her husband and family welfare expenses.

The bench comprised by Justices Shashi Kant Gupta and Saurabh Shyam Shamshery observed that even though there is no law for appointment of guardians for a person in a comatose state, the court was obliged in its capacity as a ‘parens patriae’ (under Article 226 of the Constitution of India) to do justice to the Petitioner. 

(By – Anupama)