The covid 19 wave hampered the functioning of supreme court on 19th January 2022 Wednesday with sittings before 3 benches getting cancelled. Sources indicated that at least 10 judges of the court may have been infected by the virus. Highly placed sources said at least 5 of the 6 judges in the three benches had tested positive while. The remaining judge was only unwell and decided to stay away as a precaution.
In the 1st week of January 2022, two other Judge of the court had tested positive. Subsequently, two more judges fell ill. On 18th January 2022, one more case came to light as justice Vineet Saran told a lawyer who sought adjournment on the ground that his senior was suffering from covid-19 that he would not deny the request as his own bench partner was suffering from it .
On the spurt in cases this week, a senior Judge told the Indian Express that this may have happened as most of the judges were traveling over the long weekend. The top court was closed on January 13 and 14 2022 for a local holiday and Makar Sankranti, respectively some judges who fell ill initially have recovered and resumed work .