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SC orders govt to ensure Coronavirus tests are free in govt and private lab

Today, the Supreme Court has ordered that the government must ensure coronavirus tests are free in both state-run and private diagnostic labs. The tests in Government lab are already free but private labs cannot be allowed to charge up to INR 4,500 for the test. The top court said the private hospitals including laboratories have an important role to play in containing the scale of a pandemic by extending philanthropic services in the hour of national crisis. Src: https://bit.ly/2JOy6Er

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All court hearing to be conducted via video calls: SC

The three judge bench headed by CJI SA Bobde directed the slew of measure to contain spread coronavirus in courts. The Apex court has directed the country to facilitate hearing of cases through video conferencing. CJI SA Bobde, said that hearings in congregation must become an exception during the lockdown period and taking steps towards that end is a matter of duty and not an exception. “Until appropriate rules are framed by the high courts, video conferencing shall be mainly employed for hearing arguments whether at the trial stage or at the appellate stage”, the top court ordered Src: https://bit.ly/34i5LzU

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Supreme Court sends notice to Centre on plea for payment of wages to migrant workers

The Supreme Court has sent a notice to the Centre on a plea seeking direction for payment of minimum wages to migrant workers who have been left without work during Coronavirus lockdown. The plea said that fundamental right to life under Article 21 of the Constitution needs to be enforced for migrant workers who are severely affected by the lockdown ordered by the government on March 24. The court has posted the matter for further hearing on April 7. The petition said lockdown led to mass movement of migrant workers, potentially exposing them to Coronavirus. Src: https://bit.ly/2wakWhU

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SC orders media to not publish anything on COVID-19 before checking fact with govt

Today, the Supreme Court has ordered all the media houses to not publish or telecast anything on Coronavirus without checking fact with the government. The top court said that in an unprecedented situation of nature, any inaccurate reporting in the news portal has a serious and inevitable potential of causing panic in large sections of the society. Src: https://bit.ly/3416V2r

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