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The Condition in Civil Hospital Is as Good As Dungeon; May Be Even Worst Then A Dungeon: Gujarat HC In Suo Motu COVID-19 PIL [READ ORDER]

Lawstreet Journal 27 May 2020 2:33am

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On May 23, 2020, Senior Advocate at the Supreme Court, Dushyant Dave, had said that in India now, nobody in the government is answerable to anyone and the Judges who have the duty to hold the government accountable have failed in this duty in the last eight weeks. Dave was speaking on the subject of "Role of Judiciary in a pandemic" organized by the All India Lawyers Union. He also recalled a hearing on May 15, 2020, wherein direction was sought to identify migrant laborers who are walking to their native places and ensure that they reach their destination free of cost and in a dignified manner. But the SC had dismissed the petition while remarking “How can we stop them from walking?” 

Remarks of Mr. Dave are certainly not true for Hon’ble Gujarat High Court, which had as early as on March 13, 2020, registered a suo motu Public Interest Litigation in the wake of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic [titled Precautionary Measures In The Wake Of The Pandemic of Corona Virus (COVID-19)]. Last week in the same PIL, the Gujarat High Court Division Bench comprising justices J. B. 

Pardiwala and Ilesh J. Vora had on May 14, 2020, directed to the State of Gujarat that private hospitals cannot charge exorbitant fees for the treatment of COVID-19 patients. In continuation of the same, again on May 22, 2020, the Gujarat HC again took charge of the situation and passed a slew of directions to various authorities.

Initially, the Court pursued the Report submitted by the Gujarat Government submitted laying down the… Continue Reading...

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