[COVID] SC Warns Centre, State and all DGPs Over Taking Against Citizens Posting on Social Media for Oxygen and Medicine

In a big order, the Supreme Court has warned states, Centre and all DGPs not to take any action against anyone posting shortage of oxygen, beds or doctors as spreading rumour.

The Court has made it clear that if any action is taken against such posts by citizens in distress, it will haul the police for contempt.

Solicitor general Tushar Mehta said he cannot agree more with the Court on this issue.

A bench of Justice D Y Chandrachud, JusticeL N Rao and Justice S R Bhat said that by the free flow of information on the deficiencies and needs during this humanitarian crisis on social media platforms, the Supreme Court will be in a better position to tackle the problem.

The direction has come in Suo Motu case on COVID crisis in India.

The Court has clearly said:

let it be a message to all States that we will consider it as a contempt of this Court if any citizen in the country is harassed for making a plea for a hospital bed/oxygen on social media. No State can clamp down on info. We are in a position of a national crisis!

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