‘Ship’s Captain Leaves Last’: Bombay HC CJ Cites ‘Titanic’ While Hearing PIL On Vaccination For Legal Fraternity

first_imgNews Updates’Ship’s Captain Leaves Last’: Bombay HC CJ Cites ‘Titanic’ While Hearing PIL On Vaccination For Legal Fraternity Sharmeen Hakim10 March 2021 3:45 AMShare This – x”When the ship runs into rough weather, the Captain leaves last”The Bombay High Court Chief Justice Dipankar Datta invoked the iconic American epic – Titanic – to express his views on a PIL seeking to declare members of the legal fraternity, including Judges, as frontline workers and to vaccinate them for the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) coronavirus on a priority basis. “Have you seen the English movie Titanic? Do you…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Bombay High Court Chief Justice Dipankar Datta invoked the iconic American epic – Titanic – to express his views on a PIL seeking to declare members of the legal fraternity, including Judges, as frontline workers and to vaccinate them for the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) coronavirus on a priority basis. “Have you seen the English movie Titanic? Do you recollect the captain of the ship? Captain Smith. When the ship runs into rough weather, what does the captain have to do?” Justice Dipankar Datta rhetorically asked. “He should be the last one to leave. I am the captain of the ship here. First comes society, then my judiciary and last me,” the CJ added. Advocate Yashodeep Deshmukh was quick to respond that politicians were also Captains of their ships but they were getting vaccinated. He requested the court to issue a notice or at least direct the State to consider the representation made to declare members of the legal fraternity as frontline workers. He clarified that he had no grievance against those who are getting it. “Not every doctor was facing the risk of the virus. Some kept their clinics closed for months. But the State included them because it is a necessity.” He added that there were lawyers from legal aid services, who worked tirelessly for the release of undertrials and to decongest prisons. “The magistrates, public prosecutors who interact with police officers and undertrials, aren’t they entitled to vaccination?” Deshmukh asked. “There is a risk, no doubt. We have to be cautious and careful. But you are asking for a writ of mandamus for the judiciary from the judiciary,” Justice Dutta said. Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh then informed the court that Bharat Biotech has already filed an application seeking transfer of all these matters to the Supreme Court. The Court said they were not inclined to intervene unless there was something amiss in the policy, but the petitioner had mentioned “access to justice.” However, the division bench of Justices Dipankar Datta and GS Kulkarni sought to know what was the eligibility criteria for getting a Covid vaccine as it is very easy to get a doctor’s prescription these days. “So that the noble object is not exploited by scheming people.” The ASG said he would come back with instructions. The matter was then adjourned to March 17. The hearing began with the court asking the petitioner why such a PIL was not filed for the staff of private organizations and dabbawallas. “That way everyone is a frontline worker,” CJ Datta said. He said that the executive has done a fantastic job and some things should be left to its wisdom. Background The PIL seeking to declare members of the legal fraternity as frontline workers and to provide them with a vaccine for the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) coronavirus on a priority basis was filed by two advocates from Raigad district in Maharashtra, Vaishnavi Gholave and Yogesh Morbale. It states that not just judicial officers, but advocates and their staff must be included in the list of frontline workers. “Judiciary is declared as one of the essential pillars of democracy. The members who are part of this pillar include the Judges, court staff, advocates and their clerks. Hence they are equally important along with the other staff,” the petition reads.Next Storylast_img read more

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