Today, Justice Pratibha M Singh of Delhi High Court dismissed clutch of Petitions challenging imposition of fine by Delhi Government for not wearing masks, while travelling alone in vehicle.
The Court remarked that Mask is like a “suraksha kavach” protecting both the person wearing it and those around. Therefore a mask is necessary despite the fact that the person has been vaccinated.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare submitted before that that it has not issued any such guideline making it mandatory to wear mask while travelling alone.
However the Delhi Government submitted before the Court that in April last year the Government made it mandatory to wear mask even if a person is travelling alone.
In its affidavit the Delhi Government stated that the Guidelines are very clear that “any person” travelling in or around his personal or official vehicle should mandatorily wear a mask. Therefore even if a person is travelling alone in a car, it cannot be said to be a private zone. The logic was that a private vehicle travelling on public road is accessible to public at large, therefore its a public place.
The Delhi High Court accepting the submission of Delhi Government held that a person travelling in private cannot claim immunity from wearing mask on the ground of it being a private zone.