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A Section IV employee of Supreme Court registry has tested positive for COVID-19 making it a first case of Coronavirus in the Apex Court.
Sources close to the Supreme Court management have confirmed that one of the employees has tested positive for COVID 19. The court officers received the COVID-19 test report of the employee late Monday night.
The employee was a permanent employee of the Supreme Court and now contact tracing process has begun so that all who came in touch with the employee can be quarantined. The employee had last reported to work on April 16, 2020.
Sources also confirmed to Bar & Bench that the Court is in the process of consultation with ICMR and other expert bodies who would suggest sanitisation and fumigation process that the Court needs to undertake.
The source added that Supreme Court will issue an official circular to this effect later in the day after consultation with the CJI.
Currently, the family members of the Supreme Court employee have been put on home quarantine and samples too have been taken to be tested.
As contact tracing was undertaken by the Delhi police, over 36 security personnel manning the Supreme Court premise have also been put under quarantine as they had come in close contact with the infected employee.
Delhi police is in charge of providing security to the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court has been carrying out restricted functioning and the premises of the Apex Court has been shut barring the skeletal staff required for the functions such as filing of cases and such. The restrictions on physical entry in the Court premises were put in place after the nation-wide lockdown to contain the spread of the contagion was announced in March.