Supreme Court judge Justice D Y Chandrachud has fallen victim to chikungunya, the mosquito-borne viral disease that has claimed at least a dozen lives in the national capital.
The judge was diagnosed with the disease early last week after he complained of fever and acute pain in joints. It has been learnt by The Indian Express that Justice Chandrachud remained hospitalized for two days in a private hospital in the national capital region. However, he has now been discharged and is reportedly staying in Uttar Pradesh Sadan. Before his elevation as a judge in the apex court, Justice Chandrachud was the chief justice of the Allahabad High Court.
Owing to the sickness, Justice Chandrachud has not been able to come to court since September 14. He sits on a bench headed by Chief Justice of India T S Thakur. The nine-judge bench matter relating to the validity of the entry tax had to be adjourned twice last week because of the judge’s illness.
When contacted, the judge’s office confirmed that Justice Chandrachud has now been discharged but added he is still recuperating. The office could not confirm whether he would be able to work on Monday even though the list of cases released by the top court registry included Justice Chandrachud’s name on the CJI’s bench.
Other judges, including the CJI, have spoken to Justice Chadrachud and the Supreme Court Secretary General has been keeping a tab on progress of his health.
Justice Chandrachud, 56, was elevated to the apex court in May this year after serving as the chief justice in Allahabad High Court for almost three years. Six years from now he is set to become the Chief Justice of India and might script a first in the 66-year history of the apex court — a father-son duo becoming CJIs. His father, Justice Y V Chandrachud, was the CJI for over seven years between 1978 and 1985.
On Friday, the Central government had sought a detailed report from Delhi government on deaths due to chikungunya and dengue, including medical history of the deceased, in the national capital where at least 30 people have died. About 2,800 people have been reported to be affected by the diseases.