Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur)

Can’t be mute spectators in national crisis, says SC

Top court asks Centre ‘rationale and basis’ behind differenti­al pricing of Covid-19 vaccines

- Agencies letters@hindustant­imes.com

NEW DELHI: Terming the massive resurgence of Covid-19 cases a “national crisis”, the Supreme Court on Tuesday said it cannot remain a “mute spectator” and made clear that its suo motu (on its own) proceeding on devising national policy for Covid-19 management is not meant to supplant high court hearings.

A bench headed by justice DY Chandrachu­d said the high courts are in a better position to monitor the pandemic situation within their territoria­l boundaries and the apex court was playing a complement­ary role and its “interventi­on must be understood in the correct perspectiv­e” as there are some matters which transcend the regional boundaries.

There is a need for top court’s interventi­on on certain national issues as there might be matters related to coordinati­on between states, it said.

“We are playing complement­ary role. If high courts have any difficulty in dealing with issues due to territoria­l limitation­s, we will help,” said the bench, also comprising justices L Nageswara

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