Supreme Court asks States to file status, compliance reports in 2 days on proper treatment of COVID patients and dignified handling of dead bodies.


    New Delhi (ILNS): The Supreme Court on November 24 resumed its hearing in the suo moto case for the proper treatment of COVID 19 patients and for the dignified handling of dead bodies in hospitals.

    The case was heard by a three-judge bench and the court has asked the States to file their current status report and the compliance report, as well.

     The case has its next hearing on November 27.  

    The previous hearing held on July 27 stated that none of the States or Union Territories filed the compliance reports as were directed to them by a notice issued on June 19.

    The three-judge bench consisting of Justices R Subhash Reddy , Ashok Bhushan and M. R. Shah said that the steps taken were to be adhered to, by all the States and Union Territories. If not abided by, the Chief Secretaries of the States and Union Territories shall take necessary steps to make sure that the directions are complied with.

    The Court had given fourteen days’ time to States and Union Territories to file their compliance report with regards to the eleven directions passed by it.

    The Order of June 19 passed a few directions in order to serve the continuous supervision and monitoring of COVID dedicating hospitals, and all other hospitals taking care of COVID patients and their management. The court had issued the following directions:

    With the object as stated above the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Union of India is required to constitute an Expert Committee.

    The Expert Committees’ role would be to supervise, inspect and issue all the necessary directions to all hospitals including Government hospitals, in NCT of Delhi, who are taking care of the COVID patients. 

    Also, the Expert Committee shall make a visit to each hospital atleast once every week.

    Advocate Arkaj Kumar appearing for GNCT of Delhi submitted that the Expert Committee as per the courts direction has been constituted and that they have dedicated a slot for 380 COVID patients reserved.

    One of the Judges stated that they want the status reports especially the reports regarding the management of present COVID cases.

    Since then there has been a spike in the number of cases of COVID-19 in the month of November, mainly in the States of Delhi, Maharashtra and Gujarat and the same have been directed to file the present status report.