SC dismisses plea seeking free test, treatment for infection; says govt to take call on decision

SC dismisses plea seeking free test, treatment for infection; says govt to take call on decision

The Supreme Court Tuesday dismissed a plea seeking direction to the Centre, all states and Union territories to provide free of cost treatment for coronavirus infection till COVID-19 pandemic is contained, saying it is for the government to take a call on it.

"Government has to decide on who to give free treatment. We do not have any funds with us," a bench headed by Justice NV Ramana said.

"Do not create public interest litigation," the bench, also comprising Justices SK Kaul and BR Gavai, said.

The bench, which heard the matter through video-conferencing, observed that government hospitals across the country are giving free treatment to coronavirus infected patients. "We think this case should close," it said.