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A meeting was called this evening at the residence of Chief Justice of India SA Bobde to consider the Supreme Court's course of action in light of Coronavirus outbreak.
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.
According to sources, a call on whether to extend the Holi break or have limited functioning at the Apex Court will be taken tomorrow.
The Supreme Court was on a week-long break for Holi and was scheduled to reopen for regular functioning on March 16. During the week long break, the Supreme Court had constituted a vacation bench to hear matters of urgent nature on two days - March 9 and 12.
It was during this week that the spread of COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation. In India, Section 2 of the Epidemic Diseases Act has been invoked to facilitate the advisories and directions of the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to be made applicable across the country.