ILNS: The Supreme Court on Saturday reserved its order in a suo motu petition on the supply of oxygen, ensuring availability of essential drugs, and streamlining the modalities for vaccination. (IN RE: DISTRIBUTION OF ESSENTIAL SUPPLIES AND SERVICES DURING PANDEMIC)
Earlier on April 27, the same Bench of Justices DY Chandrachud, L Nageswara Rao and S Ravindra Bhat had said that the High Courts are in a better position to monitor the situation.
The High Courts have wide power under Article 226 of the Constitution, though it does not make the Supreme Court a mute spectator and made it clear that it was in no mood to stop hearings at the different High Courts on this issue.
Justice Chandrachud had said the Supreme Court’s function here is complementary, especially when there is a pan-India issue being considered.