“State heading towards health emergency:” Gujarat High Court takes suo motu cognizance of surge in COVID, hearing today

The Gujarat High Court took suo motu cognizance of the rise in the cases of COVID-19 in Gujarat. It also took notice of the shortage of testing facilities, beds and medical infrastructure to tackle the same.

Chief Justice Vikram Nath on Sunday stated that media reports pointed out that the state of Gujarat is heading towards a health emergency and passed an order in this regard registering the case title “In Re: Uncontrolled Upsurge and Serious Management Issues in COVID Control.”

In this regard, the court placed its reliance on various articles that were published in numerous newspapers including Indian Express and Times of India. The Court observed that these articles were just a few articles which depicted the situation and the bare perusal of the same showed that Gujarat was heading towards a health emergency.

The order given, therefore, stated that it is time for the courts to now intervene.

Therefore, the Chief Justice, formed a Bench comprising of himself and Justice Bhargav D Karia at his residence on Monday at 11 am to hear the suo motu case.

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