Hearing in Supreme Court on COVID-19 vaccination priority for legal fraternity


The Supreme Court will hear the matter after two weeks (symbolic photo)

Special things

  • SC asks to send notice to the remaining petitioners
  • The case will be heard after two weeks
  • SC transfers its automatic cognizance case to HC

New Delhi:

On petition to include legal fraternity for Corona Vaccine Supreme Court The hearing was stayed in all the High Courts. The SC has also asked to send notices to the remaining petitioners. The case will be heard after two weeks. In the last hearing, the Supreme Court had transferred the automatic cognizance case of the Delhi High Court. The top court has also issued a notice regarding this, while the court has allowed the companies that they can appeal for transfer of pending cases in the second high court to the Supreme Court.

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In this regard, a petition was filed in the Supreme Court by the Serum Institute of India (SII) and Bharat Biotech, in which both the companies demanded that all the cases pending in the High Court related to COVID-19 vaccine Be transferred to the Supreme Court. On behalf of Bharat Biotech, Mukul Rohatgi said that cases are pending in Delhi and Bombay High Court, the Supreme Court should stay the decision of Delhi High Court and transfer the case to itself. The Center had told the Supreme Court on Monday that it may not be desirable to create a separate priority group for vaccination for judges, lawyers and court employees under 45 years of age. The Center had said that the vaccine is already being produced in excess of the capacity of workers and infrastructure and it is also being exported in view of the global epidemic.

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Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the government, said that this is a national issue, so it is always better that the Supreme Court take cognizance of the entire issues related to the vaccination schedule, manufacturing and exports. He said, ‘Our priority was to first give vaccines to the category of 60 plus and 45 plus, preference to health workers and defense personnel, that is why I urge that the pending petitions in Delhi HC and Bombay HC be transferred here Let’s do. Petitions can be withdrawn from there and transferred to the SC. Harish Salve said that it is the right of the government to get the vaccine first. The situation of vaccine war has come in the world at this time. The CJI said that the question here is that the petitioner fears that people will get sick due to contact, they just want a trust? Lawyers cannot make a living without meeting people. On this, SG said that ’30 -35 year old vegetable seller also makes his living. There is no question of any one class here. Tomorrow journalists will also say that we should get vaccinated because we meet more people than lawyers.


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