With the nation coming together to help Kerala which has been hit by the worst floods in nearly a century, the judges of the Supreme Court will also be contributing to the state flood relief fund, said Chief Justice Dipak Misra on Monday. Also Read - 'Such a Kind Soul': Kerala Recalls Sushant Singh Rajput's Generous Act When He Donated Rs 1 Crore Towards 2018 Floods
A bench comprising CJI and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud made the observation during the hearing of a PIL that had sought barring of lawmakers from practising in courts across the country. Also Read - Year-Ender 2019: From Cyclone Fani to Kerala Floods, Here Are Major Natural Calamities That Ravaged India
“We are also making some contribution. Judges of this court are also making contribution for the flood relief fund,” the bench said. Also Read - Rahul Gandhi Urges Kerala Govt For Timely Compensation to Flood Victims
The observation came after Attorney General K K Venugopal referred to the “grave tragedy” that has struck Kerala rendering 10 million people homeless.
The AG had earlier donated Rs one crore to the flood relief fund.
Many other senior lawyers have also contributed significant amounts towards the relief fund.
The south Indian state is facing its worst flood in 100 years with 80 dams opened and all rivers in spate. A body blow has been dealt to the state known for its scenic natural beauty, with its infrastructure, standing crops and tourism facilities getting severely hit.
As per official records yesterday, 7,24,649 lakh people were housed in 5,645 relief camps across the state.
The deadly monsoon rains have so far claimed 210 lives since August 8.
(With PTI inputs)