|The Supreme Court today asked the Centre to put in place a national policy on issues relating to the supply of oxygen, essential drugs and method of COVID vaccination. Taking suo motu cognisance of the prevailing grim situation across the country, a bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde said that it will examine the judicial power of the High Courts to declare lockdown amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Apex Court had put on hold the Allahabad High Court order imposing almost complete lockdown/curfew in five major cities of Uttar Pradesh. Noting that High Courts of Delhi, Bombay, Sikkim, Madhya Pradesh, Calcutta and Allahabad were dealing with issues related to COVID, the top court asked the Centre to present a national plan to face the health crisis. The bench said, these high courts are exercising jurisdiction in best interest, but it is creating confusion and diversion of resources.