Top StoriesSC Directs Maharashtra To Provide COVID-19 Test Results To Patients & Their Relatives Directly Sanya Talwar19 Jun 2020 4:14 AMShare This – xOverriding a circular issued by the Maharashtra Government, the Supreme Court directed it to provide COVID-19 test results to patients and relatives directly.A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, SK Kaul & MR Shah said that such a restriction imposed by the State Government should be done away with.The Counsel appearing for State of Maharashtra stated that he shall advise the…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginOverriding a circular issued by the Maharashtra Government, the Supreme Court directed it to provide COVID-19 test results to patients and relatives directly.A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, SK Kaul & MR Shah said that such a restriction imposed by the State Government should be done away with.The Counsel appearing for State of Maharashtra stated that he shall advise the Maharashtra Government to review the circular.The bench also stated that a status report regarding the ongoing state of affairs in Delhi as well as other states should be submitted every week and an expert committee must be formulated comprising doctors from the Centre & State to look into the issues so remedial action (if any) can be taken from time to time.The Court also took note of the submission of ASG Sanjay Jain (appearing for the Government of NCT Delhi) that no FIRs were pending against doctors in the state.”The contemplated action against the doctor has been withdrawn” said Jain.”No FIRs should be pending against hospitals also” said Justice Kaul.On last hearing date, the Court had pulled up the GNCTD for filing FIRs against doctors for raising complaints.Further, Court noted that LNJP Hospital at New Delhi had submitted that cameras shall be installed in all wards of the hospitals. “Hospitals in all states shall be directed to do the same” said Justice Bhushan.The top court also stated that the Centre must issue a uniform advisory to all states regarding Covid testing rates, with the leeway of devising their state-specific regulations. In light of this, the bench considered various intervention applications but did not pass any specific orders. It asked all intervenors to provide their specific suggestions in writing to the Solicitor General as well as counsel of respective states for appropriate consideration.”We are aware of the unfortunate incident that your grandfather had to go through. It depicts the sorry state of affairs in Delhi. Provide your suggestions to the SG”, Justice Kaul told one of the intervenors Mr. Udian Sharma who’s grandfather passed away on account of alleged gross negligence by Hospital authorities.Taking note of a circular released by the Maharashtra Government pertaining to non-giving of reports of Coronavirus test to patients and/or their relatives, Court stated that the same shall be done away with. At this juncture, Bench stated that the above-mentioned directions shall be available at length on the SC website today itself.Background:On June 17, the Court had pulled up the Delhi Government for targeting doctors and healthcare workers while hearing in its suo motu case titled “In Re Proper Treatment Of COVID-19 Patients And Dignified Handling Of Dead Bodies In The Hospitals, Etc.”.While noting that the response of Delhi government on Covid patient care was vague and incomplete, Court directed the Government to file a “better affidavit” laying down its response to management of the Coronavirus crisis.While slamming the Delhi Government’s lackadaisical approach, the bench told ASG Sanjay Jain (Counsel for Delhi Government) that the Government was suppressing numbers and threatening doctors with filing of FIRs. “The doctors and nurses are soldiers. We are fighting a war. If we don’t treat them properly, how will you win the war? Your approach seems to be that you’re filing FIRs against doctors. You are shooting the messenger, the paramedics, the doctors! You are suppressing numbers and threatening doctors” – Bench had remarkedFurther, the bench had remarked that all unfortunate steps taken by the Delhi Government towards health care workers must be withdrawn.On June 11, the bench had issued notice to the Governments of NCT of Delhi, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu over management of COVID-19 situation and had sought their response regarding the management of patient care and handling of dead bodies in hospitals.The top court had also issued notice to Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Hospital, New Delhi from where shocking visuals of mishandling of dead bodies of COVID-19 patients emerged.Further to this, the bench had taken note of the abysmal testing rates in Delhi and the horrific scenes of hapless patients and undignified handling of dead bodies that had been brought to the fore by India TV’s video report on June 10. “India TV on June 10 highlighted a report on a video where patients have been in pathetic conditions. Dead bodies in the lobby, waiting area, wards…This is the state of a Govt hospital..”Earlier, former Law Minister Senior Advocate Dr. Ashwani Kumar had written a letter drawing the attention of the Court towards various reported incidents, whereby persons suffering from Covid19 infection are being ill-treated and their dead bodies are being manhandled.Senior Advocate had drawn the attention of the CJI towards a tragic indecent in Madhya Pradesh where an elderly man suffering from Covid was tied to a bed, after he allegedly failed to make payment of fees for his treatment.He had stated that the Supreme Court had on multiple occasions recognised the “right to die with dignity” as a fundamental right and had asserted that the Court has the “duty and the power” to ensure that the law declared by it is actually enforced.”It is requested that the Court takes suo-motu notice of the matter. In view of the shocking infraction of the fundamental right to dignity…Your Lordships are respectfully requested, to issue such orders, writs or other directions as will effectuate the citizens’ right to die with dignity,” Kumar stated in his letter.Next Story
After the game in LA, United travel to Denver, Washington DC, Detroit and they will then make the three-hour flight to Miami if they top their group, which contains Roma, Real Madrid and Inter Milan. In between the matches, the players have to appear at sponsor events while they are also duty-bound to conduct interviews for the club’s in-house TV channel. It all seems too much for Van Gaal, who made his annoyance perfectly clear at his first pre-match press conference in the US. When asked whether United’s commercial commitments were impinging on football matters, Van Gaal said: “More or less, yes because we have to prepare the season and when you have a lot of commercial activities also for the players, and you have to travel distances, you have to fly a lot, you have also jet lag, and that is not very positive for a good preparation. “But the tour was already arranged so I have to adapt, I shall adapt.” Van Gaal has only been in place for a week, but he has already made his disquiet about United’s commercial activities clear on two occasions. As well as Tuesday night’s complaint, Van Gaal said at his unveiling: “Within two days I know already how important Manchester United is, but also how important the sponsors are and I have to work and prepare a team and I have to adapt to this big club. It will not be easy.” Van Gaal’s blunt and honest assessment flew in the face of comments made by his boss Ed Woodward less than 24 hours earlier. United start their pre-season campaign in the early hours of Thursday morning when they face the Los Angeles Galaxy at the Pasadena Rose Bowl in California. It will be the first game of a two-and-a-half-week long tour that could see United travel almost 13,500 miles if they reach the final of the International Champions Cup – the pre-season tournament which includes some of the best clubs in Europe. Louis van Gaal thinks Manchester United are putting his chances of success in jeopardy by dragging the first-team squad across the United States on their pre-season tour. Responding to the comments made by Van Gaal at his unveiling, United’s executive vice-chairman said on Monday: “It doesn’t disrupt the football club.” Woodward said he was open to discussions with Van Gaal about where he thought the club should go on tour next year. Keen to maximise their profits and broaden their fan-base, United have been on long-haul tours for the last 10 years. Last summer they clocked up 23,000 miles travelling between Australia, Thailand, China and Japan. The club have been keen to tap into the Asian market in the last few years and South Africa, as well as the States, has been a regular destination for the squad in pre-season. Van Gaal has made it clear he will not accept such a draining tour as the current one next summer. “Manchester United shall do everything to adapt to my rules for good preparation,” the Dutchman said. When asked if he would like a shorter tour next year with less travelling, Van Gaal said: “Yeah, I hope that. They have already said that to me. And I am very confident that it shall be.” The message to the club’s hierarchy was clear from Van Gaal – ‘I am the boss and I know how to get the best out of these players’. One only had to turn up on the eve of the friendly in LA to see how big an attraction United are. Around 2,500 paying customers sat in the stands at the 90,000-capacity Rose Bowl just to watch the squad train. And just as Van Gaal had made it clear he is the boss in the press conference, he also did so on the pitch, standing tall and observing his players as they went through shooting drills. There were a few hairy moments for Phil Jones when he kept missing the target, but the defender did get a double high-five from his new boss when he finally beat David de Gea from 18 yards. There was a professional and thorough approach from the squad as they were put through their paces in the California heat. Since they landed on Friday night, a succession of players have said they have been impressed with Van Gaal’s coaching sessions, and the manager himself has been pleased with the response of his squad. “I have to say that it has been fantastic,” said the 62-year-old, who started his job last Wednesday after taking Holland to the last four of the World Cup. “Maybe you think every coach who is new should say that but I mean it. “The players are anxious to follow the instructions of my assistants. The focus I have seen in the training sessions, it is top level but we have to see if the performance (in games) is top level. “But I am very happy with the labour that my players do in the days I have been with them.” A crowd of over 70,000 is expected at the Rose Bowl for the friendly, which kicks off at 2.30am UK time. Press Association
Robert Kpodoh emerged as the overall winner at the maiden edition of the Interplast Masters Tennis Series.The Upcoming tennis star took home a cash prize of 5000 dollars after a two set victory over an aggressive under-card George Darko by a 6-4, 6-1 score at the Accra Sports Stadium on Saturday.Kpodo began well with some delightful heavy serves to bag a lead. Darko depended on his power serves and desire to come back from to level matters and went on to win the next two serves, to a tie of break 3-1.Kpodo continued his persistence in the game to wrap the first set 6-4 score. Darko’s performance had surprised all and sundry present to astonishingly layed back miserably in the second set only to score a point with the eventual winner running away with a 6-1 win.Robert Kpodoh also lifted the main trophy as part of his prize package whilst George Darko was consoled with 2500 dollars and a trophy. Albert Arthur of the National Sports College in Winneba came third and also took home 1000 dollars whilst Jeff Bagerbaseh won 1000 cedis for placing fourth.All players who competed in the final Top 16 stage of the Masters series went home with 500 Ghana cedis each.The three week competition was put together by the Ghana Tennis Association (GTA) and sponsored by Interplast Ghana with the sole aim of promoting the sport in the country.