HC issues notices to State, cabinet minister for reported violation of home quarantine
Issuing notices to the state government and cabinet minister Satpal Maharaj, the Uttarakhand high court has asked why no action can be taken for violation of guidelines by those occupying constitutional posts when cases are lodged against general citizens for violating quarantine regulations. The division bench of chief justice Ramesh Ranganathan and justice RC Khulbe asked this question while hearing a public interest litigation filed regarding alleged violation of quarantine rules by the cabinet minister who recently tested positive for Covid-19.
Dehradun resident Umesh Kumar had filed the PIL contending that the Dehradun district magistrate and chief medical officer had pasted a notice on the residence of Maharaj directing home quarantine from May 20 to June 3. The petitioner contended that the minister had violated the quarantine rules and had attended cabinet meetings. The petitioner said that after Maharaj tested positive for Covid-19, other cabinet ministers had to go under self-imposed quarantine. Stating that cases are registered against common citizens for violating quarantine, the petitioner has sought that the minister also be booked under the Disaster Management Act for the violation. The court issued notices to the State government and Maharaj, seeking their response within three weeks.
One booked for attempt to murder for hiding medical report
PNS| Dehradun: The police in Almora have booked one Covid-19 positive man for hiding his medical report from the authorities. Additionally, three persons have been booked for violating home quarantine rules in the district. The police received a complaint about 33-year old Pratap Singh on the basis of which it booked him under IPC section 307 and other sections for concealing his Covid-19 positive report from the authorities. Danya police station in-charge Santosh Tiwari informed that Singh had returned to his village Garuda on June 3 from Delhi after undergoing a medical test. He tested positive for Covid-19 but did not inform any official about it, putting the lives of others at risk. Additionally, in Ranikhet the police booked Mohammed Gulsher who returned from Udham Singh Nagar to Ranikhet on June 4 and was directed to be under home quarantine. However, violating the quarantine he was found working at his seat-cover shop. Similarly, Sundar Singh who had returned to Thali village from Delhi was also found loitering in the public in violation of home quarantine. Another man, Bhikiyasain resident Bharat Singh was also found violating home quarantine. Cases have been lodged against the three under IPC, Disaster Management Act and Epidemic Diseases Act.
Saturday, 06 June 2020 | PNS | Nainital
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