The Supreme Court bench asked the Centre to make active within 24 hours “a daily bulletin... through all media avenues including social media and forums to clear the doubts of people as submitted by the Solicitor General of India”.
The bench said it will hear what the government is doing on the mass movement of migrant workers. It adjourned the hearing by a day after Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said the Centre will file a status report on the steps taken.
On March 23, the apex court had begun hearing cases through video conferencing for the first time in its history. This was done due to the COVID-19 situation — to avoid crowding and make it easier for lawyers and clients to access the court.
Coronavirus latest updates March 23: Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed to state governments to ensure that rules and regulations of the coronavirus lockdown are enforced while pointing out that many people were not taking the measure seriously.
The bench initially questioned the state’s move and said its action seems to have been without the force of law. “As of now, there is no law which can back your actions,” Justice Lalit told Solicitor General Tushar Mehta.
In an affidavit later, the Delhi Police accused Mander of instigating violence via a speech and said he is “known for taking contemptuous stand and bringing the judiciary, as an institution, and individual judges in disrepute”. Police urged the court to not only impose exemplary costs but also initiate contempt of court proceedings against him.
The bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Indira Banerjee decided to hear the plea after the J&K administration told the bench “there was ample material and grounds to issue the impugned order of detention against” the former J&K Chief Minister.