The Chief Justice of India, NV Ramana has agreed to examine the request by Bar members to advance the summer vacation of the top court by one week in view of the COVID-19 situation in the capital, said SCBA President Vikas Singh.
If the request is accepted by the top court, the apex court’s summer break is likely to start on May 8 and continue till June 27 with the Court reopening on June 28.
Senior advocate and SCBA president Vikas Singh said that “it has been decided in the emergent meeting that instead of May 14, the Summer Vacation will now commence from May 8 and would end on June 27”.
He said that the CJI also approved in principle the opening of the COVID care centre in the new chamber building of the Supreme Court.
Supreme Court sources clarified that CJI Ramana has in principle agreed to place the proposal before the full court for a final decision, though no official decision has been taken yet.
The development came about after an emergency meeting was held by the CJI with the representatives of Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) and Supreme Court Advocates on Record Association (SCAORA) and Bar Council of India.
The SCBA and SCAORA have both requested the Chief Justice to advance the summer vacation in the wake of the rampaging second wave of coronavirus pandemic.
The CJI also agreed to consider the request to provide a suitable area for establishing medical facilities for at least 60 beds and other facilities like RT-PCR tests, COVID-19 vaccination etc.