Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court Abhay Shreeniwas Oka today revealed that he had been in self-quarantine last week, as a precautionary measure against COVID-19. .He went on to state that around 46 staff members of High Court have tested positive for COVID-19. Under the circumstances, the existing staff members are under great stress, he added. .These pertinent revelations were disclosed by CJ Oka during the hearing of a batch of petitions challenging the winding up of the six mutual fund schemes of Franklin Templeton..CJ Oka was unavailable for hearings since July 29. However, he resumed sittings from August 3, after testing negative for COVID-19. On August 3, CJ Oka only sat for the afternoon session. .Earlier, CJ Oka had informed that several staff members of the High Court had been quarantined after contracting COVID-19..Last week, during a hearing, Justice Aravind Kumar had hinted that two judges of the High Court had been quarantined after being tested positive for COVID-19.."State seems to be shedding crocodile tears": Karnataka HC on failure to constitute expert committee as per SC guidelines.Currently, 25 benches of the Karnataka High Court are conducting video conference hearings even as the rising number of COVID-19 cases. .The Court had commenced limited functioning on June 1, with physical hearings taking place for certain matters. .[Breaking] Karnataka HC cancels physical hearings at Principal Bench owing to rapid rise of COVID-19 cases in Bangalore.However, it decided to cancel physical hearings on June 30, in light of the growing number of COVID-19 cases in Bangalore..Not more than 20 advocates in a Court Hall, physical hearings during afternoon session: Karnataka HC issues SOP to be followed from June 1\n.The Court will remain closed on August 7 (tomorrow) for sanitization of its premises.