Shashank Deo Sudhi v. UOI & Ors WP (C) 863/2020
A Division Bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan and S Ravindra Bhat directed the Union to ensure that diagnostic tests for COVID-19 are free. Significantly, the direction applies to both approved Government and privately owned labs.
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In a significant reversal, the Bench modified its order and held that such free testing in private labs need only be made available to those who are eligible under the Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojana ('Ayushman Bharat Yojana').
In a brief hearing on 27 May, a Bench comprising Chief Justice Bobde, Justice A.S. Bopanna and Justice Hrishikesh Roy directed the Union to make a list of private hospitals that could offer COVID-19 related care at a reduced cost.
The Supreme Court is entertained a plea by Advocate Sachin Jain, which seeks pricing regulation of COVID treatment offered by private hosptials.
In the order dated 5th August, the Bench consisting of CJI Bobde, J Bopanna and J Ramasubramanian, listed the matter for final disposal in 15 days. The next order dated 26th November allowed an Interlocutory Application for impleadment and the matter was once again listed in two weeks.