As per the Delhi High Court directions, Delhi government has deputed COVID-19 testing labs in the court premises for advocates, legal officials, and their staff for the next three working days.
The camp will be organized for three days i.e. 10th, 13th, and 14th July 2020 from 10.00 am to 02.00 pm. Interested officials have been directed to report as per the given time-slot and date. It is further directed that they should bring their respective Identity Cards.
The bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Prateek Jalan was hearing the petition filed under VisheshVerma vs. Gov. of NCT of Delhi. Petitioner argued that after doctors and police, advocates had most public dealings and were at the danger of getting infected with the virus.“..more than people running the chemist shops? Grocery shops?” justice Prateek Jalan asked.
The Petitioner also shares some statistics that there had been numerous cases in the city of legal officials and court staff being infected with COVID-19 and that the quantity of contaminated people may go up to Rs 5.5 lakh in some time. “That is not only for lawyers”, the court remarked.
Counsel for Delhi Government, Advocate Jawahar Raja argued that “setting up a testing lab inside the court premises was not practicable given the aerosolization in the surrounding with the virus at the time of testing.”
As per the notice issued by Delhi high court, advocates and judges can avail the medical benefits in the court premises itself.