Allahabad HC Directs DGP to Ensure 100% Masking

Allahabad High Court is monitoring the fight against the monstrous pandemic, through a PIL. Earlier the Court has issued a slew of for preventing the spread of COVID-19 in Uttar Pradesh.

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What happened on 14.10.2020 Hearing?

A division bench of Allahabad High Court comprising Hon’ble Siddhartha Varma,J. And Hon’ble Ajit Kumar,J. heard the matter.

When the case was taken up, issues with regard to non-wearing of masks and social distancing were raised by the counsel present in the Court.

It was informed to the Court that not only in Prayagraj but all over the State of U.P., people were not taking seriously the wearing of masks and they were not maintaining social distancing. It was informed that buses, tempo and auto-rickshaws were loading people to an extent which defies any kind of social distancing

Considering above the Court has directed to Additional Advocate General to take instructions from the Director-General of Police of the State of U.P. He would also file a personal affidavit of the Director-General of Police. 

Allahabad High Court has observed that the time has now come when the Director-General of Police of the State of U.P. should take the call and come up with a definite modus operandi by which he proposes to see that 100 per cent people would wear masks and they would also maintain social distancing. 

Court has stressed that this matter has to be taken up at the highest possible priority.

For the purpose of sanitization, the Allahabad High Court has directed the Chief Medical Officer to appoint an officer in every Nagar Nigam of the State of U.P. forthwith. Not only in the city of Prayagraj should the work of fogging and sanitization be done properly but it should be done all over the State of U.P.

While posting the matter for 21.10.2020, it has been directed that a copy of this order shall be made available to the Chief Secretary of the State of U.P., the Director-General of Police, Uttar Pradesh. Also to all the District Magistrates, Senior Superintendents of Police/ Superintendents of Police and the Chief Medical Officers of all the districts of the State of U.P. through Registrar General of this Court forthwith.

Case Details:

Title: In-Re Inhuman Condition At Quarantine Centres And For Providing Better Treatment To Corona Positive Respondent vs State of U.P.

Case No- PUBLIC INTEREST LITIGATION (PIL) No. – 574 of 2020

Coram- Hon’ble Siddhartha Varma,J. And Hon’ble Ajit Kumar,J. 

Date of Order- 14.10.2020

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