The Supreme Court Wednesday sought The top court was hearing a suo motu case registered by it to ensure proper treatment of Covid-19 patients in hospitals and dignified handling of dead bodies there. Recently, it also took cognisance of the fire incident in a designated Covid-19 hospital in Gujarat The bench, also comprising Justices R S Reddy and M R Shah, directed the states as well to file affidavits by Friday on steps taken on these issues and fixed the suo motu case for hearing on December 14. The bench directed that the Justice (Retd.) DA Mehta committee will probe the Ahmedabad fire incident, besides the fire tragedy at a Covid-19 hospital at Rajkot which is already being inquired into by the panel. At the outset, the law officer said he would request the Gujarat government to appoint a judge to probe the fire incidents in hospitals if the apex court suggest any name to head such an inquiry. A detailed report on fire safety would be prepared after getting the inputs from states, he said. The bench then asked about the fire safety audit of Gujarat and hospitals there and said as to how many nodal officers have been appointed. Earlier, the apex court had said that people are violating It had pulled up the authorities for not ensuring strict compliance of these measures to contain coronavirus and had asked the Centre and states to give suggestions so that appropriate directions can be issued to implement these guidelines. The top court had however stayed the Gujarat High Court direction to send people caught without wearing masks to do community service at the Covid-19 patient care facilities. It had taken note of the submissions of the Gujarat government that the order was harsh, having serious repercussions on health of the violators. The top court had asked the Gujarat government to strictly enforce the Covid-19 guidelines.