Supreme court on coronavirus said – complete shutdown of courts is not possible, virtual courts may start soon.
The Chief Justice appealed to the Bar Council – the measures given by the experts should be fully followed.
Long queues of people were seen outside the Supreme Court on Monday morning to conduct thermal screenings.
New Delhi. Supreme Court Chief Justice SA Bobde has said that the courts cannot be completely shut down due to the growing coronavirus crisis in the country. Virtual courts are to begin soon. As such, there will be only a limited shutdown at the present time. However, the CJI appealed to the Bar Council to follow the safety measures that the experts have stated. After this, long queues of people were seen to conduct thermal screening outside the Supreme Court on Monday morning.
A bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud said that virtual courts are to be started. But this work is difficult in lower courts because there are different challenges. We believe that courts should not become the place from which the infection spreads. The Chief Justice is in constant touch with all the High Courts on this issue. We have taken the initial steps. The next decision can be taken on digital and virtual courts.
Asked for answers by 20 March for arrangements for inmates in jails,
The court took cognizance of the arrangements for the prisoners in the jails due to the Corona crisis. The Chief Secretary of all the states and the Director-General of Prisons sought a response by 20 March. The court said that some states took measures in view of the danger of coronavirus, but still many states have not taken appropriate decisions. On keeping prisoners in excess of capacity in the jail, they said – crowd gathering is a big problem. This infection may become the center of the spread. Guidelines need to be issued for this.