Coronavirus Pandemic: SC To Hear Only Urgent Matters After Holi Break


New Delhi: In the light of coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Supreme Court on Friday said that the functioning of the courts from Monday (March 16) will be restricted to urgent matters only.

No persons except lawyers, who are going to act in the matter either for argument or for making oral submissions or to assist along with one litigant only, will be permitted into the court room, new agency ANI has tweeted.

On Thursday, a meeting was called at the residence of Chief Justice of India SA Bobde to take a decision on whether to extend the Holi break. After a week-long break for Holi, the apex court was to open on March 16.

The meeting was attended by Justices Arun Mishra and UU Lalit, Attorney General for India KK Venugopal, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representatives from the Supreme Court Bar Association and the Supreme Court Advocates on Record Association, as well as and officials from the Union Health and Law Ministries.


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