PIL filed in Madras High Court seeking Food and Shelter for Dying, Destitute and Mentally Disabled Persons in COVID-19 Crisis

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In M. Karpagam v. Govt of Tamil Nadu & Ors., the Madras High Court on Friday issued notices on a plea providing food and shelter for the dying, destitute and mentally disabled persons, who have no proper shelter and are forced to live on the roadsides of Tamil Nadu during the COVID-19 Crisis.

The PIL is filed by Advocate M. Karpagam who stated that a large population was stranded and forced to live on the streets during the lockdown. He had prayed to the court that such poor and needy persons be provided with basic amenities, including shelter in Government homes.

Issue a Writ of Mandamus directing the respondents to provide adequate food and shelter to the dying destitute and mentally disabled persons, who are living and stranded on the roadsides and pavements in the State of Tamil Nadu and shift them to Government homes after conducting COVID 19 test to them,” the Petitioner had prayed.

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After hearing these submissions, the bench of Justices M. Sathyanarayanan and M. Nirmal Kumar of Madras High Court issued notice to the State Government, returnable on May 21, 2020.


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