The Gujarat High Court on Sunday initiated a Suo Motu PIL over the recent surge in the COVID Cases in the state and observed that the State is heading towards a health emergency.
The high court had recently advised the Gujarat government to impose a three-four day lockdown, and take appropriate measures to check Covid-19 cases.
In an order issued on late Sunday evening, the Bench of Chief Justice Vikram Nath and Justice Bhargav D. Karia said, “It has been five days since. The newspapers and news channels are flooded with the harrowing tales, unfortunate and unimaginable difficulties, unmanageable conditions of the infrastructure, the shortfall and the deficit of not only testing, availability of beds, ICU, but also supply of oxygen and basic medicines like Ramdesivir.”
The bench further stated that it had been stray news here and there, it could have ignored but the volume of reports in the leading newspapers having nationwide circulation cannot be ignored.
“The aforementioned articles are just a few depicting the picture and a bare perusal of the same would indicate that the State is heading towards a health emergency of sorts.” the order said.
The Court directed the HC registry to register this as a suo moto fresh PIL titled ‘Uncontrolled upsurge and serious management issues in Covid control’ by impleading the Gujarat government through the Chief Secretary, the Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare Department, and the Central Government through the Department of Home and the Health Ministry.