Attorney General KK Venugopal in quarantine after colleague tests positive for COVID-19

    The Bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao and Hemant Gupta was conducting proceedings on the subject of filing of vacancies in tribunals including the Central Administrative Tribunal and Armed Force Tribunals.

    The Bench was notified that the Attorney General for India KK Venugopal is under self-quarantine after his colleague tested positive for COVID-19.

    The Additional Solicitor General S V Raju requested the Court to grant a short adjournment of the case of the AG, given the circumstances.  

    Taking into consideration the recent development, The bench agreed to the request made by the ASG, who was representing the Centre in the matter and listed the matter for further hearing on September 15.

    Tushar Mehta, the Solicitor-General updated to LiveLaw that self-isolation is merely a precaution and the AG himself is ‘fit and fine.’ It was also reported that the entire office of the Attorney General has gone into self-quarantine.

    “One of AG’s colleagues is COVID positive. AG is in self-isolation as a precaution. Otherwise, he himself is fit and fine.”

    India has reached the mark of 4.3 million COVID-19 cases, today. This makes India the country with second-highest recorded cases as 90,000 new cases reported in the last 24 hrs, essentially overtaking Brazil. On September 4, COVID-19 testing camps were set up at the Delhi High Court premises. Since then, as many as 32 court staff from the High Court and 315 from the district courts tested positive for the virus.