Madras High court on Thursday slammed the central government over its handling of the Covid crisis saying the ‘situation is still so dire’ even having lockdowns & restrictions for almost an year.
“Why are we acting only in April now though we had time for one year? Despite having a lockdown for most of the last one year, see the situation of absolute despair we are in”, Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee told Additional Solicitor General of India R Shankaranarayanan, as per Live Law.
Tamil Nadu recorded its biggest Covid surge since the start of the pandemic with more than 16,000 cases. And has consecutively recording from than 10,000 daily cases since 18th April 2021.
A division bench comprising Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy asked what the Centre has been doing over the past 14 months. The division bench made the remarks while responding to Shankaranarayanan’s statement that the COVID surge was ‘unexpected’.
“I have never met a respectable doctor who advised to drop guard”, Chief Justice Banerjee said. “Who are the experts Central government has been consulting?” he further asked, as per the report. The observations came at the end of the hearing in the court’s suo motu case on the COVID-19 management in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.”All that you are showing that things will be hunky-dory in June… Did they (Centre) consult experts? … All that we see here is that ‘June it will be better’.. we are all depending on chance, without doing anything,” Chief Justice Banerjee stated, as per Bar and Bench.
– sourced from FirstPost.com