The HC disposed of the public litigation by Dishank Dhawan, an additional public prosecutor, and said no further orders are required to be passed on the matter at this stage.
All possible steps have been taken “for providing medical facilities, i.e. beds, ICU, ventilators, medicines, etc. to combat Covid-19 infection, and no further orders are required to be passed by this court at this stage in the peculiar facts and circumstances of the case,” the court noted.
The Delhi government earlier submitted that the petition was filed in 2021 when the rate of Covid-19 infection and the consequent hospitalisation was very high and several petitions were filed in court in relation to the pandemic. In response, the Centre as well as the Delhi government established a large number of hospitals with specialised treatment facilities for Covid-19.
The plea sought a 100-bed Covid facility for catering to public prosecutors, their staff and family members and also sought that the prosecutors be identified as “frontline workers”. “As part of their duty, the public prosecutors and other staff of the prosecution department of the Delhi government faced extreme exposure and worked selflessly and had to interact with public, police and other court staff constantly even during the nationwide lockdown,” it had said.