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'Our intention is not to interdict the high courts during a national crisis but the Supreme Court can't be a mute spectator': SC on suo moto cognizance of Covid matters

Lawstreet Journal 28 Apr 2021 7:31pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary 'Our intention is not to interdict the high courts during a national crisis but the Supreme Court can't be a mute spectator': SC on suo moto cognizance of Covid matters

The Suo Moto case on COVID-19 preparedness of the country began its hearing on Tuesday (April 27) in the Supreme Court (SC). 

At the hearing, the SC noted that although the high courts can keep an eye on the situation in each state, the SC can't remain silent when the country undergoes such a crisis. 

On Tuesday (April 27, 2021) the bench comprising Justices DY Chandrachud, L Nageswara Rao and S Ravindra Bhat said, "Our role will be to coordinate efforts among countries, Requires SC to intervene for national effort coordination. The SC cannot be a mute spectator during a national crisis." 

The Bench said the Supreme Court's intervention must be understood in the right light. Some problems go beyond the regional limits. "The Supreme Court cannot be a silent spectator in an era of national crisis," the bench observed. 

The Bench made it clear that the Supreme Court plays an additional role and that it can help if the issue is not resolved due to territorial restrictions.

The central government has called for a report on supply issues for oxygen, essential drugs and pricing of vaccines. On Friday (April 30, 2021) the matter will be discussed further.

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