Legal advisors’ body moves Supreme Court, says HCs best suited to deal COVID-19 situation at local level

A legal advisors’ body Thursday moved the Supreme Court, which has taken suo motu cognisance of winning inauspicious pandemic circumstance in the nation, asking it to permit different high courts to manage the COVID-19 related issues at nearby level saying they “seem, by all accounts, to be most appropriate to manage the circumstance.”

Earlier in the day, a bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde took insight of the pandemic circumstance and gave notice to the Center for Friday and looked for a “national plan” on issues including supply of oxygen and fundamental medications for treatment of patients infected with the virus.

The top court additionally indicated that it would manage the technique and way of COVID-19 vaccination in the country and the viewpoint identifying with judicial force of the great courts to proclaim lockdown in the midst of the pandemic.

The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA), through its president and senior advocate Vikas Singh, has filed the plea looking to intervene as a gathering in the suo-motu case named as “In Re: Distribution of Essential Supplies and Services During Pandemic” and said that under the given circumstance, the high courts are most appropriate to manage neighborhood issues.

“The High Courts, situated almost invariably in the capital of the states, are in a better position to seek immediate reports from the local administration and pass directions and orders for immediate removal of difficulties arising in treatment of the infected patients depending upon local emergent situation. The State machineries are lacking on various aspects and High Courts are suitably dealing with the issues prevailing at local level within their territorial jurisdiction,” the plea said.

The bar body, however, said certain issues like inter-state free and fast movement of essential supplies related to treatment of infected patients as well as basic needs of general public for survival during this misfortune, issues of migrant workers returning home due to lockdown may need a “centralized consideration,” which may be dealt by the top court.