According to court administration, Justice Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud, who is leading the Supreme Court bench examining the Centre’s strategy and preparedness in managing the second Covid-19 surge, has tested positive for coronavirus.
On Thursday, the bench, which includes justices L Nageswara Rao and S Ravindra Bhat, was scheduled to hear the suo motu (on its own motion) case. However, due to Justice Chandrachud’s incapacity, the case could now be postponed to a later date.
Furthermore, according to a Supreme Court circular, if Eid is to be observed on Thursday, depending on the sighting of the moon, Thursday can be declared a holiday. If Thursday is declared a holiday, all cases will be heard on Friday.
In the absence of Justice Chandrachud, it is unclear if the other two judges on the suo motu bench will resume hearing the case on Friday. The master of roster, Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, also has the choice of forming a new bench with another senior judge as its chairman.
The Supreme Court announced on Monday that the case will be heard on May 13 due to technical difficulties with the virtual hearings, and that the deferment will allow judges more time to review the government’s affidavit, which was filed late last night.
“Our server is down today,” the three-judge panel said. We judges discussed the matter and agreed to take it up on Thursday.