NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday took a serious view of Delhi, Maharashtra, Punjab, Tripura and Karnataka defying Centre's directions for timely payment of salaries to doctors and health workers on Covid duty and said the Centre should know its powers to force the states to obey its orders. Responding to allegations made by petitioner Arushi Jain and doctors' associations about non-payment of salaries despite the court's June 17 order, solicitor general Tushar Mehta informed a bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, R S Reddy and M R Shah that the Centre had on June 18 written to the states for timely payment of salaries to doctors and healthcare staff. He said following the persistent complaint about non-payment of salaries
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