The Supreme Court on June 11th, had taken suo moto cognizance of reports that alleged mishandling of dead bodies of COVID-19 patients and, ill-treatment of other patient suffering from COVID-19.
The Supreme Court asked the central government to clarify what steps have been taken to follow the top court’s directions regarding the dignified handling of COVID patients as well as dead bodies in hospitals.The directives was passed on june 19.
The Court noted that most States had failed to file a response to the directions which had been given by the Court vide their judgement dated 19th June. In the previous hearing of the suo motu petition the Court had given several directions and had also directed States who had not filed their Replies, to file appropriate compliance reports within a period of two weeks.
Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta on behalf of the Centre had requested for some time to file a proper reply, in response to which two weeks time has been granted by the Court.