What were you doing for last 14 months without a plan to fight COVID-19 second wave, Madras HC asks Centre
Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee, in an statement, stated there can’t be adhocism in coping with a pandemic
The Madras High Court on Thursday questioned what the Centre has been doing for the last 14 months, as an alternative of jostling now, when the second wave of COVID-19 is at its peak. The courtroom stated there can’t be adhocism in coping with a pandemic and that the Centre ought to have acted in a deliberate and knowledgeable method with knowledgeable recommendation.
Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee made the observations when Additional Solicitor General R. Sankaranarayanan listed out the measures being taken by the Centre now to management the pandemic and stated that the second wave was sudden. The submissions were made in the course of the listening to of a suo motu public curiosity litigation petition.
Earlier, showing earlier than the primary (*14*) Bench comprising the Chief Justice and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy, Advocate General Vijay Narayan stated that the State authorities had deliberate to impose a full lockdown on May 2 when the votes polled for the Assembly elections within the State were anticipated to be counted.
He, nonetheless, stated that there won’t be a necessity to impose a full lockdown on May 1 additionally, because it was anyway a public vacation on account of Labour Day. Nevertheless, the federal government had deliberate to order the closure of sure outlets together with these promoting meat and so forth, to keep away from crowding on the roads and in public locations, he stated.
The Advocate General additionally introduced to the discover of the courtroom that the Health Secretary and the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) had held consultations and laid down elaborate COVID-19 protocols to be adopted by the counting brokers and media personnel. He additionally agreed to submit by Friday, the standing of availability of hospital beds, vaccines and medicines.
Accepting his submissions, the Chief Justice urged political events to keep away from mass gatherings, victory celebrations and processions on the day of counting since it’d lead to a additional surge in COVID-19 circumstances. He stated the politicians may confine the celebrations inside their properties and alternate pleasantries on the phone.