On a request for a return to full physical hearings in the Supreme Court, Chief Justice of India NV Ramana today referred to Omicron as a “silent killer” and stated that he was still suffering nearly a month after contracting the virus.
The news: Chief Justice of India, NV Ramana gave his remarks after senior lawyer Vikas Singh, president of the Supreme Court Bar Association, asked the Supreme Court to return to full physical hearings, citing a drop in the number of cases. Hearings are currently held in a hybrid format, with physical hearings held twice a week and the rest conducted online.
- According to Chief Justice Ramana, “You should be aware that Omicron is a silent assassin. I suffered in the first wave but recovered in four days, but now it’s been 25 days and I’m still suffering in this wave.”
- The Chief Justice stated that there has been a “jump of 15,000 cases now.”
What did he say: “It’s Omicron, and it’s a lot milder,” Vikas Singh replied.
- When the Chief Justice mentioned that he was still suffering from the after-effects, the lawyer responded: “In that regard, Your Lordship has been unlucky. However, people are recouping.”
- “We’ll see,” Chief Justice Ramana added.
In January, the Supreme Court was hit by a COVID wave, with 10 judges testing positive and the positivity rate among the staff reaching 30 per cent.