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SC Judges will work from home, more than 50% of the staff test positive Covid | India News


NEW DELHI: Faced with a bleak scenario of more than 50 percent of its staff testing positive for Covid, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday that all justices would function from their homes and banks would meet via video links.
All SC facilities, including courtrooms, are being disinfected and the benches will be assembled one hour later than the scheduled 10:30 AM or 11:30 AM. M.
Before this, many banks led by CJI SA Bobde and judges NV Ramana, RF Nariman, UU Lalit, AM Khanwilkar, Ashok Bhushan, LN Rao, SA Nazir, Navin Sinha were gathered on a bench in the courtrooms.
With positive Covid cases among staff and their family members suddenly increasing to an alarming level, the CJI and the judges decided that the utmost caution should be taken to avoid a situation like last year, when up to six SC judges were infected. with Coronavirus. .
But with the proper precautions taken since then, incidents of coronavirus infection among staff had been greatly reduced.
With the SC Electronic Committee, headed by Judge DY Chandrachud, proactively purchasing 1,600 video links for the purpose of conducting case hearings via video conferencing, there is adequate bandwidth and links available to the SC to avoid interruptions during the virtual hearing of cases. .
The new president of the Supreme Court Bar Association, Chief Counsel Vikas Singh, had been pressuring the CJI and other justices to resume a full physical hearing in the Supreme Court just a month ago. Singh argued that the failure to open the courts for a physical hearing was seriously affecting the young lawyers’ finances.
If the CS had succumbed to pressure and opened the courts for physical hearings, then the courts would have become the fertile ground for the spread of Covid disease given the large crowd of lawyers who gather every day to listen together. with litigants from all over the country.
The Delhi High Court, which had boldly decided to open the courts for a physical hearing, closed its doors to lawyers and returned to virtual hearing given the surge in Covid cases in Delhi.

Times of India