Delhi HC closes suo moto case after Delhi Govt withdraws its order for setting up a Covid facility at a 5-star hotel exclusively for judges

On Thursday, the Delhi High Court informed the Delhi government that it had withdrawn its order wherein it gave 5-star covid facility to judges and their families at Ashoka Hotel.

The Division Bench of Hon’ble Justice Vipin Sanghi and Hon’ble Justice Rekha Patil have now closed the proceedings in the suo motu case.

During the hearing, Advocate Santosh Kumar informed the Court that the Delhi government’s order to set up a 100-bed Covid facility for judges at Ashoka Hotel had been withdrawn pursuant to Delhi HC’s order in the suo motu case.

In its order dated 28.04.202, the Delhi government had stated that it had withdrawn its order with immediate effect. This order came in after the High Court confronted the Delhi government for its order to use a hundred rooms of Ashoka Hotel for setting up a Covid facility for judges/judicial officers and their families.

The Court clarified that it had never made such a request and asked the Delhi government to take corrective steps or they will quash the order. As per the Bench, the order was misleading as it had never made such a request.

The Bench stated that all they wanted was that if a judicial officer wanted admission, some facility might be made available to them. The Bench added that they would never ask for special treatment, and such a request would be discriminatory.

Delhi government’s order projected that the Court has asked for special treatment and the government has appeased the Court, the Bench remarked.

As per the Bench, the Media was not wrong in stating that the order was wrong and an exclusive facility cannot be created just for them.

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In conclusion, the Bench stated that it was unthinkable that the Court would want preferential treatment.

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