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An officer of the Administration (General Branch) of the Supreme Court of India succumbed to COVID-19 on November 21 making it the first case of such a death among the top court's staff.
Sources in the registry confirmed to Bar & Bench that the officer, Rajendra Rawat was tested positive for COVID-19 five days back. He is survived by his wife and three children.
Supreme Court of India has been working through virtual courts since May 23, 2020, ever since Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the first lockdown owing to the rise in COVID19 cases across the country.
Though the courts have started allowing lawyers to participate in virtual hearing in its annexe building, virtual participation is encouraged.
The top court has also been taking sanitization measures and other COVID-19 protocols to prevent the outbreak.