Plea in SC seeks fee for inquiry into mismanagement of COVID-19 pandemic

New Delhi, August 12 

The Supreme Court is scheduled to listen to on Friday a plea which has sought a path to the Centre to nominate a fee, headed by a retired apex court docket decide, for an inquiry into the alleged mismanagement of the COVID-19 pandemic within the nation.

The petition has alleged that the Centre did not undertake well timed and efficient measures for holding transmission of the virus and an impartial inquiry by a fee, appointed below the Commissions of Inquiry Act 1952, was important to inquire into the “lapses”.

As per the trigger checklist uploaded on the apex court docket web site, the plea, filed by six petitioners together with retired bureaucrats, is scheduled to return up for listening to on August 14 earlier than a bench headed by Justice L Nageswara Rao.

The petition, filed via advocate Prashant Bhushan, has claimed that 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.

The plea has claimed that the nationwide lockdown, which had commenced from March 25, and the way wherein it was carried out has had a “devastating impact” on jobs, livelihood and the general economic system.

It alleged that the nationwide lockdown, which was introduced on March 24, was “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 plea claimed and likewise referred to the “exodus” of migrant staff and each day wagers through the lockdown from cities to their respective residence cities.

It alleged that the authority has additionally failed in drawing up a nationwide plan and issuing tips for offering minimal requirements of reduction to susceptible sections of the society below the Disaster Management Act 2005.

The plea alleged that there was a delay in guaranteeing sufficient provides of non-public protecting tools for the security of healthcare staff through the pandemic.

It claimed that the Centre has did not undertake efficient measures for holding the transmission of the virus even after being notified about it by the World Health Organization (WHO) in early January this yr.

The plea has alleged that these lapses “while dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic have led to a severe infraction of the fundamental rights of people”.

It claimed that previous to March four and through the months of January and February, the authorities have did not conduct screening and surveillance of an sufficient variety of worldwide passengers. PTI 

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