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Violators of Covid-19 Guidelines Will Go Through RT-PCR Test: Bombay HC issues Order

The Aurangabad Bench of Bombay High Court has issued an order on Monday that during the lockdown restrictions, people who are roaming around except the relaxation hours from 7 am to 11 am from Monday to Friday, should carry their Aadhaar card with them

By: Sunayna Jain, Jagran Lakecity University, Bhopal.

Where Maharashtra is already the leading state with increasing Covid cases, the public is still not taking these restrictions seriously by still carelessly roaming around without following any protocols of using masks and social distancing.

The division bench of Justices Ravindra V Ghuge and BU Debadwar at the Aurangabad bench of Bombay High court has issued orders against the violators or the people who are going out of their houses except during defined timings from 7 am to 11 am from Monday to Friday, either by vehicles or on foot by mandating carrying of their Aadhaar Cards with them and those who fail to comply with this new order can be charged for relevant criminal offences by road traffic police. 

 Even the doctors, the medical or paramedical staff are also expected to carry their Aadhaar cards, the Bench added.

Also, these directions will only be applied to the twelve districts in the State which fall within the jurisdiction of the Aurangabad Bench of the Bombay High Court.

This order was made suo moto by the bench after observing the alarming situation of the state and the public behaviour regarding these restrictions.

Additionally, the bench also held that any person who violates the COVID guidelines which they are expected to follow should be subjected to an RT-PCR test. However, the people who are stepping out of the house should make sure that they are wearing their masks properly, which means the masks should be covering their mouth and nose properly, and any person not following this protocol will also be booked for violating the guidelines under criminal offences, the bench added.

Further, Justice Ghuge remarked that when people are caught for violations, they use their contacts of politicians to get rid of punishments, for which the court directed that the local authorities should take action if such a situation arises against any politician and he shall also be charged for causing interference in the discharge of duties by public servants.

After observing the cases and news reports, where the relatives of the deceased have to bribe at funeral Ghats to cremate the body, the bench ordered the Divisional Collector of Aurangabad and the Municipal Commissioners should start considering building electric furnaces for the cremations. It was observed that“There shall be a constant check to ensure the relatives of the dead person are not harassed and money is not extracted from them for performing the funeral rites.”

Further, it was added that the black marketing of Remdesivir injection needs to be penalized under the relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code(IPC).

Also, awareness of the alternatives for the Remdesivir should be created and, especially about Virafin which is a drug whose single dose is equivalent to 6 doses of Remdesivir.

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