Advocates Can Only Earn Livelihood If They Come Into Contact With People' : SC Says Lawyers' Demand For Vaccine Priority Need Consideration
The Supreme Court orally confirmed on Thursday that the legal community's concerns about priority for COVID-19 vaccination were real and needed consideration. "Advocates can only make a living if they interact with other people. They need assurance that if they come into touch with people, they will not die ", said India's Chief Justice, SA Bobde, to Solicitor General Tushar Mehta. The bench, which also included Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian, was considering transfer petitions filed by vaccine manufacturers Bharat Biotech and Serum Institute of India, seeking to have the Delhi High Court's Suo-moto case on vaccine priority priority for legal fraternity remanded to the Supreme Court.
Though Senior Advocates Mukul Rohatgi and Harish Salve, who represented Bharat Biotech and SII, respectively, took issue with the High Court's requirement that the High Court companies disclose their production capacities, the CJI stated: "We understand why the order was issued by the High Court. It needs to know how much room there is. There has been no decision made ". Tushar Mehta, who also backed the pharma companies' request for a transfer, pointed out that there are many other types of people who need to interact with people in order to make a living. "I belong to the (legal) fraternity. I am also not vaccinated. How do I distinguish between a 35-year old colleague of mine and a 35-year old vegetable vendor who is doing business in market with equal bustle and hustle?. There are several such professions. How do we distinguish?", the SG said. The CJI also reported that the Indian government has "distinguished" itself by leading the global supply of vaccines.