44 SC staffers test positive for COVID-19; benches to sit 1 hr late

A SC official said 44 staffers contracted COVID-19, as against reports which claimed that 50% of them tested positive.

New Delhi: Supreme Court judges would hold court from their residences on Monday and the benches would sit one hour late from their scheduled time in the morning as around 44 staffers have tested positive for coronavirus, sources said.

On some media reports which suggested that around 50 per cent of Supreme Court staffers have tested positive for COVID-19, an apex court official said only 44 employees got infected in the last week.

There are around 3,000 staffers working in the apex court.

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While some judges had been coming to the apex court premises to hold court, few others have been presiding over proceedings from their residences till now.

Amid the rise in COVID-19 cases, the apex court has come out with two separate notifications.

One of them said the benches, which used to assemble at 10.30 AM and 11 AM, would assemble one hour late from their scheduled time on Monday.

All judges would hear cases through video conferencing from their residences and in the meanwhile, entire court premises, including courtrooms, are being sanitized.

The other notification suspended physical mentioning of cases for urgent hearing by advocates from Monday till further orders.

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