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“Avoid Off-the-Cuff Remarks, Could be Damaging to Persons”: SC Advises HCs During the Hearing of Suo Moto Case of COVID Management

Lawstreet Journal 1 May 2021 8:41pm

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The Supreme Court on Friday (30/04/2021) while considering a Suo Moto petition on Covid-19 management in the country asked High Courts not to make ‘off-the-cuff remarks.’ The court opined that such remarks may be misleading and will be damaging to the people involved in the management of the infectious disease.

The observations came from a bench headed by Justice D Y Chandrachud and including Justice S Ravindra Bhat.

The observations came from the court when Solicitor General of India Tushar Mehta complained about the harsh statements coming from various High Courts while considering cases related to Covid-19. The Solicitor General submitted that the Supreme Court is in the position of Karta in a Hindu Undivided Family and has to take note of 'Strong Observations' made by some High Courts. It was submitted that in some writ petitions and applications High Courts are making serious observations that put Central and State governments in the dock.

It was further submitted by the Solicitor General that:

“The courts' concern is shared by everybody, but in these times of crisis, we must be very circumspect. Even as lawyers, we must be very circumspect

The concern of the Solicitor General was concurred by Senior Advocate Ranjit Kumar, representing the State of Bihar, stating that: 

“Some high courts have even gone to the extent of castigating every officer on duty. It is very demoralising. They have gone to the extent of saying that they are not doing their job and are not capable of performing as government officers”

After hearing the submissions Justice… Continue Reading...

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