Lawyer challenges challan for not carrying masks when driving alone; Delhi HC seeks govt reply

New Delhi, September 17

The Delhi High Court Thursday sought response of the Centre and AAP authorities on a lawyer’s plea difficult the Rs 500 challan issued to him for not carrying a masks whereas he was driving alone.

Justice Navin Chawla issued discover to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Delhi authorities, Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) and the police searching for their stand on the petition which seeks quashing of the challan, refund of the Rs 500 paid as tremendous and compensation of Rs 10 lakh for psychological harassment suffered by the petitioner.

The petitioner, Saurabh Sharma, has claimed in his plea that on September 9 whereas driving to work he was stopped by Delhi Police officers and was challaned for not carrying masks despite the fact that he was alone within the automobile.

Sharma, represented by advocate Ok C Mittal, has contended that there’s a Health Ministry notification clarifying that carrying of masks was not obligatory whereas driving alone in a automobile.

Advocate Farman Ali Magray, showing for the ministry, stated that such a notification has been issued.

Mittal additionally argued, through the listening to, that the rules issued by DDMA solely states that the masks needs to be worn in a public place or administrative center and a non-public car is neither.

The DDMA, through the listening to, contended that its pointers issued in April and June this yr makes its necessary to put on a masks in a public place and added that the Supreme Court has held {that a} personal car is a public place.

It additionally stated that beneath the rules issued by it, there may be penalty of Rs 500 for first time breach of quarantine norms in addition to for not carrying masks and for each subsequent violation there’s a tremendous of Rs 1,000.

The courtroom listed the matter for additional listening to on November 18. PTI

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