New Delhi: The Supreme Court  on Tuesday termed the massive resurgence of COVID-19 cases a “national crisis”, and said that it cannot remain a mute spectator during such times while clarifying that its suo motu proceeding on devising national policy for COVID-19 management is not meant to supplant high court cases. A bench headed by Justice D Y Chandrachud said high courts are in a better position to monitor the pandemic situation within their territorial boundaries. There is a need for top court’s intervention on certain national issues as there might be matters related to coordination between states, it said.Also Read - Covid or no COVID, Work From Home Policy Stays on Table For Several Companies | Full List

We are playing complementary role, if High Courts have any difficulty in dealing with issues due to territorial limitations, we will help, said the bench, also comprising Justices L Nageswara Rao and S Ravindra Bhat. Last Thursday, the bench took note of the pandemic situation due to sudden surge in COVID-19 cases as also mortality and said it expected the Centre to come out with a national plan to deal with distribution of essential services and supplies, including oxygen and drugs. Also Read - Navjot Singh Sidhu, Given 1 Year Jail in Road Rage Case, Lodged in Patiala Jail After Surrender

Observing that oxygen to patients infected with the virus is said to be an essential part of treatment, the top court had said it seemed that a certain amount of panic has been generated due to which people have approached several high courts seeking relief. Also Read - Gyanvapi Mosque Row: SC Stays Interim Order On Securing Shivling, Transfers Case to Varanasi District Judge

(With inputs from PTI)