‘We Cannot Demoralize High Courts’:SC Rejects SG Tushar Mehta’s Request To Direct All HCs To List Covid Cases Before Chief Justice-led Benches


first_imgTop Stories’We Cannot Demoralize High Courts’:SC Rejects SG Tushar Mehta’s Request To Direct All HCs To List Covid Cases Before Chief Justice-led Benches Radhika Roy21 May 2021 7:02 AMShare This – xSupreme Court on Friday declined the request of Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta seeking directions to all High Courts to only let Benches headed Chief Justices of the High Courts hear matters related to COVID-19.The Supreme Court was hearing an appeal filed by the State of Uttar Pradesh against an order passed by the Allahabad High Court wherein the Court had noted that entire medical system in smaller cities and villages in the State was in the hands of God (Ram Bharose). Submitting before a Bench of Justices Vineet Saran and BR Gavai that directions pertaining to vaccinations, essential drugs etc., had trans-state ramifications and required diplomatic routes to be taken, the SG requested for the matters to be placed before the Chief Justices of the High Courts. “I have one request. These matters should be placed before the Chief Justice. There are certain issues which are trans-state issues. I welcome judicial review, but Court should be circumspect of the borders of the State High Court. Several High Courts are directing. Let it be taken by the Chief Justice of the High Court”, contended the SG. He further added that he was not seeking the High Courts to not take up these issues, and that he was merely requesting for the Court to be “a little slow and circumspect”. The Supreme Court, however, declined to pass any “sweeping orders” in this aspect, stating that it did not wish to demoralize the High Courts or the State Government. “The constitution of Benches is the prerogative of the Chief Justice of the concerned High Court. We will not pass an order for every High Court. This is only for your High Court. You are not appearing for Union of India”, remarked the Apex Court. It did, however, stay the May 17 directions of the Allahabad High Court for upgradation of medical facilities in the State of Uttar Pradesh on a war-scale footing. TagsSupreme Court Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta COVID-19 Justice Vineet Saran Justice BR Gavai #High Courts #Chief Justices Benches Next Storylast_img

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