Today News Online Service
New Delhi, April 25
The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) on Sunday requested Chief Justice of India NV Ramana to advance the summer vacation of the Supreme Court in view of the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic.
In letter to CJI Ramana, five senior-most judges and the Secretary General of the Supreme Court, SCBA President Vikas Singh said the summer break could begin on April 26 and end by June 6 with regular courts commencing from June 7.
The summer vacation should be curtailed by a week from seven weeks to six weeks, it added.
According to the 2021 calandar released by the Supreme Court, summer vacation is scheduled to begin on May 14 and end on June 30.
Noting that the second wave of COVID-19 was set to reach its peak by mid-May and the Delhi Government has also extended its lockdown till the beginning of May, the SCBA suggested that summer vacation should be advanced.
Singh also urged them to convert the newly constructed advocates chamber building to a COVID19 care centre for lawyers, court staff and their families affected by the pandemic.
If the vacant lawyers’ chamber block in the new premises was allocated to be used as a COVID care centre, the Delhi Government can be asked to take over it and make it operational.
It pointed out that its members were suffering due to the pandemic and many of its members have died in the last few days.
The SCBA letter expressed the hope that considering the “grim situation”, the suggestions made by it would be accepted immediately so that the necessary follow up action could be taken by the Delhi Government at the earliest.