COVID-19 | Supreme Court to issue notice to Centre; asks for plan on oxygen supply, vaccination
Chief Justice of India (CJI) SA Bobde said cases pending in various high courts might be withdrawn since it creates confusion.
April 22, 2021 / 03:36 PM IST
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The Supreme Court on April 22 said it will issue a notice to the Centre, and asked for a national plan on COVID-related matters such as oxygen supply and vaccination
"We want to issue notice for a national plan on these issues. We will issue notice and keep the matter tomorrow," Chief Justice of India (CJI) SA Bobde said, as quoted by legal new website LiveLaw.
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The CJI said cases pending in various high courts might be withdrawn since it creates confusion. Senior Advocate Harish Salve has been appointed as an amicus curiae in the matter to assist the court.
The top court said it will take suo moto cognizance of four issues - supply of oxygen, supply of essential drugs, method and manner of vaccination, and state's power to declare lockdown.
The SC said it wants the power to clear lockdown to be with states, and it should not be judicial decision.
The CJI said that at least six high courts - Delhi, Bombay Sikkim, Madhya Pradesh, Calcutta and Allahabad - are considering cases relating to management of the pandemic.
India reported 3.14 lakh COVID-19 cases and 2,104 deaths on April 21 alone. This is the highest single-day surge recorded by any country during the pandemic.
The second wave of COVID-19 cases has led to a massive demand and shortage of medical oxygen and medicines such as remdesivir.
Some states have also reported shortage of vaccines, ahead of the expansion of the vaccination drive to all adults above 18 from May 1.