The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued notices to the Centre and the Insurance Regulatory Development Authority (IRDA), on a plea seeking extension of financial cover for mental illnesses as well.

This comes amid ongoing debates and discussions around mental illness, sparked by actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death, who reportedly committed suicide on Sunday, due to depression.

The apex court bench comprising of Justices Rohinton F Nariman, Navin Sinha and BR Gavai issued notices to the Union Health Ministry and the regulatory body for insurance sector in his matter.

The top court said that further hearing on the matter will take place after two weeks.

The plea contended that health insurance firms should provide insurance for the treatment of mental illnesses on the same grounds as for any physical illness,  under Section 21(4) of the Mental Healthcare Act, 2017, which says that patients with mental illness and patients with physical illness will be treated the same while providing health care and treatment.

The IRDAI in 2018, had directed insurance companies to insure that they make provisions to cover mental illness in insurance policies.