Bombay HC seeks reply on PIL alleging Authorities are randomly picking up people in Nagpur and sending them to quarantine

The PIL was filed at the Bombay High Court’s Nagpur bench in respect to allegations that there are non-compliance and non-observance of guidelines time to time issued by the Union of India/ICMR related to COVID19.

Petitioner’s Submissions

The counsel on behalf of petitioner contended that authorities in ‘Satranjipura’ and ‘Momimpura’ cities of Nagpur are randomly picking up people and making them quarantine. They are forced to remain in quarantine even though they are not falling in the categories of ‘High-Risk Contacts’ and ‘Low-Risk Contacts’.

He also contended that if any person does not fall in any of the risk categories and then forcing him to quarantine is a violation of his fundamental rights under Article 14, 19 and 21 of the Indian Constitution.

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The counsel for the petitioner also stated that there are quarantined people in MLA Hostel and VNIT which are already crowded places which are a violation of guidelines issued by Union of India that states explicitly

“quarantine facility shall preferably be placed away from the crowded and populated area.”

Respondent’s Arguments

The respondent’s counsel contended that Corporation is strictly following the guidelines of ICMR/ Union of India. The doctors from Health Corporation also stated that every care had been taken before sending the said person to quarantine. The respondent also sought two days to file a reply for this petition.

Court’s Decision

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The court gave two days to the respondent for filing a reply and provided an advance copy to the petitioner as well.


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