The Supreme Court has adjourned till Thursday a hearing into the centre’s vaccination policy, which has been criticised for differential pricing, shortage of doses, and a slow rollout. This morning’s hearing – held virtually due to Covid restrictions – began at 11 am but two minutes in there were technical glitches and the judges went off-screen.The SC said, “Our server is down today. We judges had discussion among ourselves and have decided to take up the matter on Thursday.”
A few minutes later the judges – Justices DY Chandrachud, LN Rao and S Ravindra Bhat – said the control room had gone down and they were adjourning the hearing to Thursday, so they had more time to analyse an affidavit filed by centre late Sunday night and which they only got today.
The centre had filed an affidavit in response to questions posed by the top court last week. The affidavit defended its policy, urging against “judicial interference” and saying “overzealous, though well-meaning, intervention may lead to unforeseen and unintended consequences”.
The vaccination programme is really at snail’s space in India and the pricing difference is also a valid issue. To control the pandemic soon the vaccination programme must be geared up.