New Delhi, Jan. 11 -- The government on Friday will file an affidavit in the Supreme Court urging the court to direct US-based pharmaceutical giant Johnson and Johnson Pvt. Ltd to compensate trouble-stricken patients as per the formula approved by the Union health ministry, two people aware of the matter revealed.

The company had in December last year approached the Delhi high court challenging the Union government's orders to pay compensation to Indian patients hurt by its "faulty" hip implants.

"While the company had approached the delhi high court. Since the SC is hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the same matter, government will also urge in its affidavit that the case be handled in SC only," said one of the persons cited ...