New Delhi: Taking suo moto cognizance of the present covid situation of the country, the Supreme Court issued a notice issued a notice to the Centre on the supply of Covid care essentials, such as oxygen and medicines.
Noting that India was currently facing a national emergency-like situation, the SC bench led by Chief Justice SA Bobde asked the Centre to submit its plan on Covid preparedness, including the details of the nationwide vaccination drive plan.
The bench, which also included justices S Ravindra Bhat and L Nageshwar Rao, noted that currently six high courts, including Delhi, Bombay, Sikkim, Odisha, Calcutta and Allahabad, were hearing matters related to Covid preparedness. “It’s creating diversion and confusion,” the CJI noted.
It, therefore, said that it will issue a notice to the Centre on four issues: supply of oxygen; supply of essential drugs; – method and manner of vaccination; and power to declare lockdown.