New Delhi: As part of a countermeasure to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the judicial fraternity, Chief Justice of India SA Bobde on Wednesday said that he will soon announce a new dress code for the judges and lawyers across the country. He asked the legal fraternity to avoid wearing black coat till that time. Also Read - Supreme Court Refuses to Restore 4G Services in J&K, Forms 3-Member Panel to Look Into Issue
With the coronavirus cases crossing 74,000-mark, judges and lawyers across the country will now have to bid goodbye to their traditional black coats and gowns dress code which they usually wear to court premises. Also Read - Tamil Nadu Moves Supreme Court Against Madras High Court 's Order on Liquor Shops, Seeks Stay on it
While hearing a PIL, CJI Bobde asked all lawyers and judges to avoid black coats and gowns for the time being as it makes easier to catch the virus. Also Read - Why Not Home Delivery, Asks Supreme Court, Says Won't Stop Liquor Ban | Explained
The development comes as the judges have started hearing the cases in the courtroom from Tuesday. Earlier, they were hearing court cases from their respective homes in the wake of the nationwide lockdown. But the respondents are not allowed to go to court and they join in through videoconference.
As per updates, the top court was scheduled to go for summer vacation from May 18 to July 6. However, no official announcement has been made about it as yet.
The Union Health Ministry on Wednesday said that the death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 2,415 and the number of cases climbed to 74,281, registering an increase of 122 deaths and 3,525 cases in the last 24 hours.
The Ministry further updated that the number of active COVID-19 cases stood at 47,480 while 24,385 people have recovered and one patient has migrated.