Six SC judges infected with Swine Flu, Bobde initiates vaccination

Bar association president says members of the foreign delegation who recently visited SC were infected by the virus

The petitioners had challenged the constitutional validity of a legal provision dealing with criminal contempt, saying it was violative of freedom of speech and right to equality. File photo: PTI

Chief Justice of India SA Bobde on Tuesday (February 25) held a meeting with judges and suggested that lawyers and court staffs be vaccinated, after six Supreme Court judges were reported to be infected with H1N1.

The issue came to the fore after Justice DY Chandrachud told lawyers in his courtroom that judges of the apex court held a meeting with the CJI to take remedial steps to check the spread of H1N1.

Reports said hearing in two constitution bench cases, including the Sabarimala case, has been affected due to the health of the judges in the bench.

Justice Chandrachud said that it was decided in the meeting to make H1N1 vaccination available for advocates for inoculation. Later, the CJI also held a meeting with office-bearers of the Supreme Court Bar Association to discuss the issue. Due to the meeting, the bench led by CJI Bobde sat late at around 11.08 am against the scheduled time of 10.30 am.

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Dushyant Dave, the president of the association, told NDTV that the government is taking steps to set up a dispensary on court campus for “inoculation and vaccination.”

While the source of the infection is not known, Dave told IANS that foreign delegates who recently participated in a judicial conference in the Supreme Court complex were infected by the virus.

(With inputs from agencies)