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Supreme Court rejects Manipur govt plea against HC orders on Covid

A bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud, Vikram Nath and Hema Kohli refused to intervene with the HC order saying “our High Courts were bastions of ensuring that justice was done during the Covid-19 pandemic”.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
September 7, 2021 2:42:55 am
Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh during his visit to the Covid-19 Care Centre at UNACCO School, in Imphal West District. (Photo: Twitter/@NBirenSingh)

The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal by the Manipur government challenging two orders of the state High Court regarding providing facilities in hospitals and Covid-19 quarantine centres.

A bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud, Vikram Nath and Hema Kohli refused to intervene with the HC order saying “our High Courts were bastions of ensuring that justice was done during the Covid-19 pandemic”.

Appearing for the state, advocate Pukhrambam Ramesh Kumar submitted that the orders were given by the High Court on a PIL and that some of the directions were not feasible.

But Justice Chandrachud said: “Your standard quarantine centres were pathetic. There were no separate washrooms for male and female. Healthcare workers did not change the bedding regularly. The High Court has passed a calibrated order. We are not going to give you a character certificate.”

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