As the country battles a deadly second wave of coronavirus, Justice DY Chandrachud expressed hope that the Covid19 vaccination takes place for all by the end of this year and sent prayers to god at the hearing on Tuesday.
The senior Supreme Court Judge, Justice Chandrachud was attending the hearing on a bail request along with Justice MR Shah. The lawyer appearing in the matter said, “Let us pray to God that physical hearing takes place by August.”
To this, Justice Chndrachud instantly replied, “Pray to God that vaccination for everyone is done as soon as possible and then only we have a physical hearing.”
Since the commencement of the Coronavirus pandemic, only virtual hearings are taking place in Supreme Court.
Justice DY Chandrachud is also heading the bench that is hearing the suo moto case on Center’s Covid19 management. In the hearing, the Bench had raised questions on the Centre’s dual policy for procurement of Covid19 vaccines. The Bench includes Justice L Nageswara Rao and Ravindra Bhat along with Justice Chandrachud.
“Centre says it gets low price since it buys in bulk. If this is the rationale, then why do states have to pay a higher price? There needs to be one price for vaccines across the nation. The pandemic has evolved in the last two months,” observed the bench in yesterday’s hearing.
Meanwhile, the government has shown confidence in vaccinating all of India’s population by the end of 2021. But, the Supreme Court has pointed out problems in the Centre’s commitments like discrepancy in vaccine supply of different age groups.