Gauhati Jul 20,(ILNS) The Gauhati High Court on July 19, after observing that the positivity rate was extremely high in the States of Nagaland, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh took suo moto cognizance of the ‘alarming situation’ of the second COVID wave and directed the Advocate Generals of the three States to be present before the Court on the next date of hearing.
A full judge bench comprising of Chief Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia, Justice N. Kotiswar Singh and Justice Manash Ranjan Pathak, directed the Advocate Generals of the three States to be present before them on the next date of hearing, “ The Registrar General is hereby directed to apprise the Advocate Generals of the three States as well as the counsel for the Union of India to remain present on the next date of hearing with the required information.”
The Court observed that it will require their assistance in getting the true picture in their respective States in the present COVID-19 pandemic and the measures being taken by them to handle the crisis.”
The Court owing to the daily surge of cases during the COVID-19 epidemic said, “We take Suo Motu notice of the alarming situation of COVID-19 pandemic, which is in its second wave, in the States of Nagaland, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh, where the positivity rate is extremely high.”Meanwhile, our initial order dated 10.05.2021 shall continue till the next date of listing”, the Court ordered.
The Court posted the matter on July 23 for further hearing.
It is pertinent to note that on July 15, the High Court extended all interim orders passed by the High Court and all other subordinate Courts and Tribunals till July 19 regarding the COVID-19 situation in all districts in the State of Assam./ILNS/SNG