India, May 23 -- The difficulties faced by citizens due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the failure of the government to tackle the same presented the judiciary with an opportunity to hold the government accountable and win back the respect of the public but it was squandered, senior advocate Dushyant Dave said on Saturday.

The courts failed to protect the rights of citizens during the crisis and remained silent as citizens suffered, Dave who is also the President of the Supreme Court Bar Association said in his speech on the topic 'Role of Judiciary in Pandemic' organized by the All India Lawyers Union.

"(Covid-19) pandemic really gave the judiciary a chance to win over the hearts of the people by taking proactive steps in the time of cri...