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Bombay High Court on COVID crisis

Bombay High Court along with other states High Courts and the honourable Supreme Court has been making it to the headlines due to its sarcastic and straightforward manner of questioning the COVID crisis in the country.

The comments and decisions of the Bombay High Court are being applauded by citizens across the nation. The High Court continues to hear matters relating to COVID even while the state is going through an immense surge in cases concerning the virus. The functioning of the High Courts even amid the pandemic assures that a patient’s fundamental right- Right to Life, provided by Article 21 of the Indian Constitution is upheld.

All the four benches of the Bombay High Court at Bombay, Nagpur, Aurangabad and Goa are hearing COVID related cases.

 Bombay HC to hear PILs

Last week, Bombay High Court heard several Public Interest Litigations on matters relating to the supply of drugs and vaccinations for COVID-19 in the state.

The bench which was headed by Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice Kulkarni had previously announced that all the PIL matters would be taken up by the court during the vacation period.

The Bench heard arguments in a PIL that pleases for door-to-door vaccination for citizens above 75 years of age and for those who are specially abled or bed-ridden.

The Court enquired Advocate Akshay Shinde about the oxygen requirements and asked how much the Union Government has allocated.

 Bombay High Court questions how celebrities and politicians are getting access to COVID drugs, oxygen

Many celebrities and politicians are providing the public with COVID drugs, oxygen and other relief materials. The Sonu Sood Foundation and other organisations have been helping coronavirus patients to get these relief materials. The public is contacting these foundations to get easier and faster access to hospital beds, oxygen cylinders or even covid medications.

The Bombay High Court on Wednesday directed the Maharashtra government and the Centre to file affidavits explaining how celebrities and politicians were procuring anti-COVID drugs, oxygen and other relief materials for coronavirus patients.

The bench consisting of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice GS Kulkarni asked for details from the Maharashtra government and the Centre. On Wednesday, the report was submitted by the state government saying it has served show-cause notices about gaining access to COVID relief materials to Congress MLA Zeeshan Siddique and the Sood Charity Foundation and is yet to receive replies from them.

Medical supplies, oxygen and other items are prerogatives of the state and the Centre allocated the resources to the states based on its demands. The primary concern of the state must be that the needy do not miss out on the relief materials since all those in need of the items are not in a position to appeal to social media.

The Bombay HC said, “These persons, celebrities have no licence to procure COVID-19 drugs, medical oxygen, who will take the guarantee? There should have been a report. The state government have only issued show-cause notices, we said to place a report on this. We are not happy with this,” the HC said.

The Bombay HC will continue to hear PILs on the management of issues connected to the pandemic and matters relating to the covid crisis in the supply of medicines, hospital beds, vaccinations etc.

Pratheeksha Pawaskar

Intern, Goa Chronicle Law student, University of Mysore. Criminal Psychology and Constitutional Law are subjects of my personal interest. More of a “Philomath” (sucker for knowledge) with a great sense of humour. Always standing up for what is right.

DISCLAIMER: This article reflects author’s view point. Goa Chronicle may or may not subscribe to views of the author

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