The Gauhati High Court has taken suo moto cognizance of the ‘alarming scenario’ of the second Covid wave in Nagaland, Mizoram, and Arunachal Pradesh, noting that the positive rate in those states was extraordinarily high.
While dealing with the suo moto PIL filed by the court due to the daily escalation, a full-judge bench comprised of Chief Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia, Justices N Kotiswar Singh, and Manash Ranjan Pathak took suo moto cognizance.
“We take suo moto note of the frightening scenario of the Covid-19 pandemic, which is in its second wave in Nagaland, Mizoram, and Arunachal Pradesh, where the positive rate is extremely high,” the court stated.
The full bench further ordered the counsel generals of the three states to appear before the court on the next day of the hearing, extending all interim orders issued by the High Court and all other subordinate courts and tribunals till July 23.
Previously, on July 15, the court had extended all interim orders issued by the High Court and all other subordinate courts and tribunals to all regions of the state by the Dedicated General, followed by the case on July 19. Submission on the status of Covid 19 has been postponed.
The court had previously extended its previous interim orders dated May 10, June 31, June 14, and June 25 to its external benches as well as other subordinate courts and tribunals.