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New Delhi, Apr 27 : The Supreme Court on Tuesday appointed senior advocates Jaideep Gupta and Meenakshi Arora as amici curiae in the suo motu case to deal with the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
The appointments come after another senior advocate Harish Salve last week declined to accept the offer of the amici curiae by the Apex Court saying he did not want the case to be heard under a shadow that he was made the amicus based on his childhood friendship with the then Chief Justice of India SA Bobde.
The Supreme Court last week took suo motu cognizance of the prevailing grim Covid situation and said it wanted a “national plan” on issues, including supply of oxygen and essential drugs for the treatment of patients infected with the virus and would also consider the matter pertaining to the method and manner of COVID-19 vaccination in the country.
A bench comprising Justices DY Chandrachud, L Nageswara Rao and S Ravindra Bhat on Tuesday’s hearing clarified that the purpose of the Apex Court taking suo moto case was not to stop the High Courts from dealing with COVID-19 related issues in their respective jurisdictions.
“High Courts are in a better position to monitor what is going on within their territorial boundaries……The issues which travail state boundaries is what this court will look into and thus Article 32 jurisdiction has been assumed”, the bench said as quoted by LiveLaw.
The assertion from th Top Court comes against the backdrop of allegations leveled by several people of the interference by the SC in the High Court matters.
At least 11 High Courts in the country are dealing with issues related to COVID management in their respective jurisdiction.