Chief Justice of India Sharad Arvind Bobde, along with three other judges, on Tuesday (March 17, 2020), visited the Supreme Court corridors and inspected the area to take stock of the situation inside the premise in view of coronavirus pandemic. Along with CJI Bobde were Justice L Nageshwar Rao, Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice Ashok Bhushan.
The CJI also interacted with the Solicitor General Tushar Mehta and former Attorney GeneralMukul Rohatgi at the premises. The Chief Justice had on Monday (March 16, 2020) said that he might visit the corridors to assess and take stock of the situation after Attorney GeneralKK Venugopal and Solicitor General Tushar Mehta informed him about the crowded corridors on account of restricted entry inside courtrooms. CJI Bobde had also said that rules for preventing overcrowding in the courts to avoid the spread of coronavirus cannot be relaxed for journalists alone on the basis of profession.
The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases jumped to 125 in India with Maharashtra being the worst affected state with 39 cases. The death toll in the country due to COVID-19 has touched 3 with the latest being reported from Mumbai, where a 64-year-old patient died at Kasturba Hospital. Earlier in the day, Karnataka Health Department confirmed two fresh positive cases from the state.
Author: Aishwary Bajpai