Monday, July 19, 2021

"What is this report in sealed cover? This is not nuclear secret:"

Referring to a notification issued by the government effectively stating that hospitals do not have to adhere to the norms till June 2022, the Bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and MR Shah said.

"What is this report in a sealed cover by commission etc? It is not a nuclear secret," said Justice Chandrachud.

The Court was hearing a suo motu case concerning fire tragedies in

COVID-19 hospitals across the country in the wake of two such incidents in Rajkot and Ahmedabad.

"40 hospitals in Gujarat were held liable and they came to High Court. Later, the government order was that no action should be taken against hospitals for violation of fire safety. Such an order is a contempt of this court."

"Hospitals have become large industry now based on human distress and we cannot prosper them at the cost of lives. Let such hospitals be closed," said Justice Chandrachud.

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