New Delhi, Apr 22 (ILNS) The Supreme Court today took suo motu cognisance of the critical situation arising due to shortage in supply of oxygen to hospitals in the Capital and also of the shortage of life saving drugs, deciding to hear the matter tomorrow.
A Bench of Chief Justice SA Bobde, L Nageswara Rao and Justice S Ravindra Bhatwill take the matter up tomorrow morning, on the last day of Chief Justice Bobde, before he retires.
Justice Bobde has said, “We will draft the notice and issue it to the Centre. Then, we will issue notice to the High Courts. Eventually, we will bring some issues here.”
Also within the purview of the court will be the method and manner of vaccination, as well as the power to declare lockdown. “We want the power to lockdown with the state government not by a judicial order,” the bench said.
This was in reference to the Allahabad High Court’s ‘order,’ declaring lockdown in five Uttar Pradesh cities, an ‘order’ that the Supreme Court has thereafter stayed.
The Court also appointed Senior Advocate Harish Salve as Amicus Curiae in this matter. During initial discussions, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta informed the Chief Justice that Delhi and some other courts have taken suo motu cognisance, but there is a person, Mr Malhotra, who made an application regarding the suo motu case.
Justice Bhat said, “You can present the national plan. It is not to supersede any order as of now. You can submit that plan to the High Courts.” ILNS\SJ\RJ