New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday SC took the suo motu cognizance on prevailing COVID-19 situation in India and issued notice to Centre asking its plan regarding supply of oxygen, essential drugs and method and manner of vaccination. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, today told Supreme Court that the country is in dire need of oxygen, to which CJI SA Bobde said that the top court will hear the matter tomorrow (Friday). The top court further added that it will also examine judicial power of high courts to declare lockdown amid the COVID-19 pandemic.Also Read - Rajiv Gandhi Assassination Case: Convict Perarivalan Walks Out of Jail After 31 Years

A three-judge bench of Supreme Court, headed by CJI SA Bobde, asked the Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to submit or inform it by providing a national plan, after taking into record the fact that at least 6 different high courts , including Delhi, Bombay, Madhya Pradesh, Sikkim, Calcutta and Allahabad, have been hearing matters related to Covid preparedness and “It’s creating diversion and confusion”. Also Read - Shivling Area To Be Protected, Namaz At Gyanvapi Won't Be Stopped: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court also appointed senior advocate Harish Salve as amicus curiae to assist it in suo motu case on COVID-19 management. Also Read - Gyanvapi Masjid At Centre of Legal Battle Since 1937. A Look At Timeline of Events