Supreme Court to hear Suo Moto cases on Covid today

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Kareena Eugene

On Friday, 30 April 2021, the Supreme Court will be hearing a case where it took a Suo moto cognizance on issues related to oxygen supply, drug supply, and vaccine policy in relation to the COVID pandemic. The hearing will begin at noon.

A Bench headed by Justice D. Y Chandrachud, will be hearing a Plea seeking oxygen cylinders, essential medicines, and extra medical staff to Maharashtra hospitals by the Central Government.

It will also hear a PIL filed regarding an independent Judicial inquiry into the Nashik oxygen leak case where 24 lives were lost.

On April 22, the Supreme Court took the Suo moto cognizance of the “alarming situation” in relation to various health emergencies including oxygen shortage, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It also issued a notice to the Centre seeking a response on various immediate and effective action the Centre can take to handle the situation.

During the previous hearing, the Court asked the Centre to present and inform it as to whether a national plan can be prepared to handle this worrisome situation.

These remarks were made after noting and taking into the record at least six different State High Courts, including the Delhi High Court, have been hearing the matter on the same issues.

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