New Delhi: Describing the wild increase in Covid-19 cases as a ‘national crisis’, the Supreme Court said on Tuesday that it cannot remain a silent spectator in such situations. At the same time, the court made it clear that its automatic cognizance hearing on formulating a national policy for the management of Corona does not mean suppressing the High Court lawsuits.
A bench of Justice DY Chandrachud, Justice L Nageswara Rao and Justice S Ravindra Bhat said that the High Court is in a better position to monitor the epidemic situation within the territorial limits.
Need for intervention in national issues: SC
The bench said that the intervention of the apex court is needed on some national issues as some cases may be related to coordination between states. The bench said, “We are playing a complementary role, we will help if the High Courts have any difficulty in hearing the cases due to territorial limitations.”
As the country struggled with the second wave of Corona (Corona Second Wave India), the Supreme Court took suo motu cognizance of the critical situation last Thursday and said that it is required to supply oxygen and to treat patients infected with the coronavirus. Wants a national plan on other issues including medicines.
Hearing in Delhi High Court
Meanwhile, the Delhi High Court has sought answers from the Center and the Delhi Government on the shortage of Remedies in Delhi. On Tuesday, the court asked the Center and the AAP government that when Covid-19 patients are being widely advised to take Remedisivir medicine, then why is there a shortage in the national capital.
When the Central Government told that Remedesivir can be consumed only in hospitals, the court said that when there is no oxygen and beds available for Covid-19 patients in hospitals, then how will they consume this medicine.