Thursday, February 22, 2024

Gauhati High Court disposes of suo motu PIL initiated during Covid-19 pandemic

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The Gauhati High Court has closed a suo motu Public Interest Litigation (PIL)  initiated in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic.

The three-Judge Bench comprising Chief Justice Rashmin Manharbhai Chhaya, Justice N. Kotiswar Singh and Justice Manash Ranjan Pathak were informed by the Counsels appearing for the parties that currently, the Covid-19 situation in the states of Assam, Nagaland, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh was completely under control. 

It was also pointed out that presently the number of Novel Coronavirus cases reported was negligible. The Counsels appearing for the States of Assam, Nagaland, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh have assured the High  Court that all the States shall adhere to the SOPs, if any, issued from time to time by the respective States as well as the Union of India in relation to Covid-19 situation.

In light of the aforesaid and considering the fact that the Covid-19 pandemic has almost subsided, the Court held that no further orders are required to be passed in the PIL. 

The Union of India as well as the States of Assam, Nagaland, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh shall take all necessary steps, if required, to curb any further spread of Covid-19 cases in their respective States and shall also provide all facilities, as are envisaged under the different interim orders passed by the High Court in the PIL, the Bench directed.

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