The Delhi High Court has closed the suo moto proceeding initiated with respect to the order issued by Delhi government assigning rooms of a 5-star hotel as Covid facility for judges and court staff of the High Court. the bench of Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Rekha Palli was informed that the order dated April 25, 2021 issued by Geeta Grover, Incident Commander/SDM, Sub Division Chanakyapuri has been cancelled.
The said order purported to set aside 100 rooms at Ashoka Hotel, New Delhi for creation of a CHC for the use of the Judges of the Court and other Judicial Officers of Delhi, placing them at the disposal of Primus Hospital, Chanakyapuri. "The charges shall be collected by hospital and the hospital shall make the payment to the hotel. Primus Hospital may accommodate their doctors, nurses and other paramedical staff at their own expenses after deciding the rates mutually,” the order read.
After it came to the court’s knowledge through news reports that such order was passed, the bench took serious note of i, and confirmed through its Registrar General that no such request was made by the court to the government to set up Covid facility for its staff and Judges at any hotel. "It's unthinkable that we as an institution will want any preferential treatment," the bench had remarked.
Courtesy: Sabrang India