The Supreme Court’s functioning won’t be affected even as several of its staff has tested positive for the coronavirus.
According to a report by NDTV, the hearings will now be held via video conferencing from home. \
Meanwhile, the entire court premise, including courtrooms, is now being sanitised. The various benches will today sit an hour later than their scheduled time.
Officials have, meanwhile, assured there was nothing to be alarmed about. Just on Saturday, 44 of 90 court employees tested for Covid-19 turned out positive, sparking panic among some judges.
“Judicial work will not be affected by the pandemic,” Justice DY Chandrachud told NDTV. “The Supreme Court has adequate infrastructure for for judicial work,” he said, referring to the 1,600 video-conferencing links available with it.
“Sixteen benches are functioning. Earlier, huge volumes of files used to be shifted physically, but now, everything is available electronically,” said the judge who is also Chairman of the Supreme Court’s e-Committee.
Some Supreme Court judges had contracted Covid earlier but recovered subsequently.
India is experiencing a ferocious new wave of the pandemic with around 10 lakh new cases being reported over the past week.