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Initiatives by the Supreme Court Bar Association to deal with COVID crisis

The Supreme Court Bar Association has requested the CJI to use the new SC lawyer’s chamber for treating COVID-19 patients after SC Advocate Shobha Gupta had earlier written a letter to SCBA and SCAORA requesting for the same.

By: Sunayna Jain, Jagran Lakecity University, Bhopal.

After seeing the crisis due to the second wave of COVID-19 in the country, where the whole country is devastated by increasing cases and the lack of Remdesivir, oxygen, and most importantly beds. Hospitals are already full with no more admissions of patients because of lack of space, the Supreme Court Bar Association has taken an initiative to contribute to overcoming this crisis and they have written a letter to Justice NV Ramana (the newly appointed Chief Justice of India) to use the new Supreme Court lawyer’s chamber as a temporary COVID centre for treating COVID patients, and especially the members of SCBA, registry, and staff of the Supreme Court and their families to get easy access to treatment and then request to the state government can be made to move further with orders.

Also, the curfew is extended till 3rd May in Delhi, so the SCBA has also requested to the Supreme Court that it can be preponed to start from April 26 and end by June 6. 

As for this time, a new building of SC lawyers chamber will be vacant, which can effectively be used as a temporary corona care centre as the COVID cases are surging, and this initiative by the Supreme Court Bar Association can make a difference where in the country, Delhi is worst affected currently.

This initiative was taken by Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA), after a letter by Shobha Advocate Shobha Gupta was written (SCBA and SCAORA for converting the new Supreme Court lawyers chamber at Appu Ghar, which is presently vacant, and the state government is allotted this place to use it as a temporary COVID care centre.

She further requested to set up an online help desk, where the members  of SCBA and SCAORA and also the other members of the bar can volunteer in collecting links, data’s from hospitals, oxygen suppliers and medical agencies, etc. which will help the members of SCBA, registry and staff of the Supreme Court and their families to use this facility easily.

A similar initiative has also been taken in Uttar Pradesh by the Awadh Bar Association of Lucknow, as they have also written a letter to the Acting Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court, Sanjay Yadav to allow the conversion of Hospital situated within the High Court premises and especially Block D, E, F of Advocates Chamber, Auditorium and Multilevel Parking should be used to create a temporary 100-Bed COVID Hospital.

Also, two days back  Gujarat Advocates Association wrote a letter to  Gujarat High Court Chief Justice Vikram Nath to allow them to use Gujarat  High Court’s Auditorium as a temporary  Covid Care Centre for advocates, high court staff, and their family members who are COVID positive, which recently got approved. 

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