The Court passed these directions in the Suo Motu plea on the supply of oxygen, ensuring availability of essential drugs, and streamlining the modalities for vaccination amid the COVID-19 pandemic in India
The Supreme Court will hold a special sitting on Saturday to hear a petition regarding arrangements made by the Uttar Pradesh Government on social distancing and Covid-19 protection protocol during the counting of votes for the Panchayat elections which were held on April 29 in various villages.
The plea stated that hospitals in Noida and Gurgaon have made it mandatory to produce Aadhaar cards with a local Noida or Gurgaon address, as the case may be, for being eligible to be admitted to the hospitals situated there.
Judicial exasperation was seen in many orders, be it dealing with the Covid-19 situation or the EC’s conduct during polls. The judiciary has tried to ensure that constitutional discipline on power becomes an asset, not a liability, during the pandemic.
The Supreme Court bench led by D.Y. Chandrachud delved into the larger issue of safeguarding the right of a citizen to receive medical treatment anywhere while hearing a plea in court that alleged that hospitals in Noida and Gurugram made it mandatory to produce an Adhaar Card with a local address.
Two men, Achhar Singh and Budhi Singh, had challenged their conviction by the Himachal Pradesh High Court. One had been sentenced to five years rigorous imprisonment and the other to undergo life imprisonment, plus a fine. The High Court had overturned their acquittal by the trial court.
Supreme Court's Juvenile Justice Committee met with juvenile justice representatives from all high courts along with UNICEF and key Central ministry officials to discuss protecting of children in juvenile and care homes during the Covid surge.