Supreme Court CJI NV Ramana said “Till date, approximately 800 Registry staff have tested positive and three officials passed away,”
The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on Indian judiciary, judges and court staff who have been severely impacted, both physically and psychologically, by the virus, Chief Justice of India NV Ramana said on Thursday.
He revealed that 2,768 judicial officers and 106 Judges of the High Court tested positive for COVID and 34 Judicial Officers and 3 High Court judges lost their lives battling the virus.
“Everyone has been deeply affected by this pandemic, including my brother and sister Judges in the Supreme Court.
The Secretary General, the Registrars, most of the staff of the Supreme Court and their families have suffered.
Apart from the physical impact of this pandemic, the psychological and mental strain has been terrible,” he said.
The CJI was speaking at the launch of the mobile application which will enable journalists to report virtual proceedings without having to visit court premises during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As far as Supreme Court was concerned, the first employee of the Supreme Court Registry was reported COVID positive on April 27, 2020.
“Till date, approximately 800 Registry staff have tested positive. Six of our Registrars and 10 Additional Registrars have tested positive at different times,” the CJI said.
Three Supreme Court officials succumbed to the virus, he added. “My heart goes out to the families and the loved ones of those whose life has been cut short by this pandemic,” he added