- Justice DY Chandrachud said that he prayed to God for jabs for all
- He was responding to a petitioner's lawyer comments
- Only virtual hearings have taken place in top court since March last year
At a time when vaccination has become critical to the country's struggle to return to normal after Covid, a senior Supreme Court judge sent "prayers to God" at a hearing today.
Justice DY Chandrachud, during a hearing on a bail request, remarked that he prayed to God vaccinations for all were done at the earliest so the Supreme Court could go back to physical hearings.
The lawyer for the petitioner in the case had commented: "I will pray to God so that next time when this case comes up there will be a physical hearing in the Supreme Court."
Justice Chandrachud, sitting beside Justice MR Shah, instantly replied: "Pray to God that vaccination for everyone is done as soon as possible and then only we will have physical hearing."
Only virtual hearings have taken place in the Supreme Court since March last year, when coronavirus cases started rising in India.
In another hearing, Justice Chandrachud shared his experience of home isolation when he was fighting Covid.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, and lawyers Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Sidharth Dave and Sidharth Luthra were present when vaccination and masks came up for discussion.
"I was in isolation for 18 days. Both my spouse and I tested positive at different times. I was all alone reading books," Justice Chandrachud shared.
Justice Shah then remarked, "Do not be negligent, wear two masks".
Yesterday, Justice Chandrachud was one of the judges when the Supreme Court raised tough questions for the government on its Covid vaccination policy and flagged various "flaws".
The government said it aimed to vaccinate all of India by end-2021, to which the court pointed at problems like discrepancy in vaccine supply for different age groups.
The centre has been given two weeks to respond to the court's questions.