In the High Court of Gujarat, a new bench composition will be considering the suo moto cases and PILs on COVID-19 control measures and migrants issues in Gujarat.
The matters will be now considered by a bench comprising Chief Justice Vikram Nath and Justice J B Pardiwala.
The matters were being considered by a bench comprising Justices J B Pardiwala and Ilesh J Vora till now.
The suo moto case on COVID-19 control measures was registered on March 13 by a bench comprising Chief Justice Vikram Nath and Justice Ashutosh J Shastri. The case was titled “In Re: Precautionary Measures In The Wake Of The Pandemic of Corona Virus (COVID-19)”.
The Court had expressed alarm highlighting migrants issues over the high morbidity rate of COVID-19 patients in Ahmedabad Civil Hospital. The Court said that its conditions were “pathetic” and were “as good a dungeon”.
“It is very distressing to note that most of the patients in the Civil Hospital are dying after four days or more of the treatment. This indicates complete lack of critical care”, the Court had said.
The Court had also urged the Government to increase the number of COVID-19 tests in the state while focusing on migrants issues , discarding the submission made by the Advocate General that more COVID-19 tests would mean 70% of the population turning positive, leading to a “fear psychosis”.
The bench also said that it might do surprise visits at the hospital.
“We sound a note of caution. The Superintendent of the Civil Hospital and other authorities of the Health Department of Gujarat shall keep themselves ready to find our presence one fine morning on a given day in the Civil Hospital. This would put an end to all the controversies with regard to the functioning of the Civil Hospital at Ahmedabad”, the bench had ordered.
These matters will now be considered by the bench headed by Chief Justice Vikram Nath.