New Delhi: Six judges of the Supreme Court were down with H1N1 (also known as swine flu) virus, following which an emergency meeting had been held with the Chief Justice of India, SA Bobde. Following the judges’ illness, hearings in two constitution bench cases including that of Sabarimala, have been delayed. Also Read - What You Need to Know About Swine Flu Vaccination

Meanwhile, Justice DY Chandrachud, while conducting the court proceedings, asserted that it was decided that the top court will make vaccines available for innoculation of lawyers.  “The Chief Justice suggested during the meeting that lawyers as well as bar association chief should also take the initiative for preventive measures against the disease”,news agency IANS quoted the top court justice as saying. Also Read - Swine Flu: What Indians Need to do to Keep Themselves Safe

On the other hand, a meeting was held with Supreme Court Bar Association President Dushyant Dave to tackle the health emergency. Talking to reporters, Dave said that some foreign delegation members who participated in a judicial conference in the apex court complex recently were infected by the virus. Two of the judges suffering from swine flu are on the nine-judge Constitution Bench hearing the Sabrimala verdict case, the hearing of which has been hit as a result.

This comes a week after the Indian army of German software group SAP shut down all its offices in the country for sanitisation after two of its employees were tested positive for swine flu in Bengaluru.  SAP India’s offices in Bengaluru, Gurgaon and Mumbai were temporarily closed and all the workers have been asked to work from home till the office premises are sanitised.

Symptoms of swine flu, caused by the H1N1 virus, are like those of any seasonal flu and include fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, body aches chills and fatigue. The rising graph of swine flu cases has a direct connection with the drop in temperature. As temperatures drop, the possibility of swine flu cases increases.

(With agency inputs)