Madras High Court appreciates TN govt’s preparedness in handling second wave

Madras High Court Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee, on taking stock of the COVID situation in Tamil Nadu, especially on four counts-diversion of Remdesivir, oxygen supply, ventilators and vaccinations, expressed satisfaction over the State’s preparedness in dealing with the raging second wave.

Indicating that it’s not the court’s intention to interfere in what is regarded as an exclusive executive domain, the Chief Justice, along with Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy on Thursday said, “Given the spike rate oan India, reports in the media indicating shortage of beds and other facilities prompted a measure of bookkeeping exercise to be undertaken without interfering with the policy decision as the executive has the better feel of the situation and inputs as to what has to be done.”

On recording Advocate General Vijay Narayan’s submission that Tamil Nadu may never see a shortage of oxygen supply even if an unforeseen peak happens, the Chief Justice said, “It has been the most earnest endeavour of the State to allay the court’s misgivings as to availability of beds, facilities, amenities, to deal with persons affected by the virus even if a further spurt may take place.”

Also, noting that there should be empowered groups of bureaucrats to take immediate decisions, the bench recorded the submission of the State regards Remdesivir supply that Tamil Nadu is one of the few States without shortage. A total of 31,0000 vials of Remdesivir which is more than enough to meet contingencies.