PIL in SC for probe into Covid ‘mismanagement’


Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 12

A PIL has been filed within the Supreme Court looking for an inquiry into the alleged mismanagement of Covid-19 pandemic, saying it was important to inquire into the “lapses”.

Accusing the Centre of failing to undertake well timed and efficient measures to examine transmission of Covid-19, the PIL demanded an unbiased inquiry by a fee headed by former judges of the highest courtroom appointed below the Commissions of Inquiry Act, 1952.

Filed by six individuals, together with some former bureaucrats by means of advocate Prashant Bhushan, the petition is prone to be taken up on Friday.

What the plea states

  • Filed by six individuals, together with some former bureaucrats by means of advocate Prashant Bhushan, the petition is prone to be taken up on Friday
  • The Centre’s response to the pandemic and its ‘deleterious impact’ on the lives and livelihoods of the residents is a ‘definite matter of public importance and warrants appointment of a commission’ below Section three of the Act, it submitted

The Centre’s response to the pandemic and its “deleterious impact” on the lives and livelihoods of the residents is a “definite matter of public importance and warrants appointment of a commission” below part three of the Act, it submitted.

The nationwide lockdown and the style through which it was applied has had a “devastating impact” on jobs, livelihood and the general financial system, the PIL alleged, terming it “arbitrary, irrational and without due consultation with experts or state governments”.

“In spite of being the harshest and most restrictive lockdown in the world, it has failed to arrest the spread of the disease,” the PIL submitted.

Referring to the “exodus” of migrant employees in the course of the lockdown from cities to their hometowns, it alleged that the authorities failed to attract up a nationwide plan and subject tips for offering reduction to susceptible sections below the Disaster Management Act, 2005. There was a delay in guaranteeing ample provides of PPE in the course of the pandemic, it submitted.



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