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Do Not Reveal the Identity Of COVID-19 Patient: PIL Filed in Orissa HC; Interim Order Passed [READ PETITION]

Lawstreet Journal 30 May 2020 11:32pm

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A Division Bench of Chief Justice Mohammad Rafiq and Justice Dr. B.R. Sarangi of Orrisa High Court, on May 28, 2020, passed an interim order in the writ petition filed in the form of the PIL by one Ananga Kumar Otta praying for issuance of direction in the nature of Mandamus to appropriate authority to take stern action against the persons for whose connivance or negligence the identity of persons infected/affected by COVID-19 could be divulged.

He has also prayed to issue a direction to the Government to frame Rules/Guidelines and/or to take steps for ameliorating the problems of persons infected/affected by COVID-19, whose identity has been disclosed.

Following interim order has been passed by the Court: 

“In the meantime, the respondents-State authorities are directed to ensure that identity of any person, who is admitted to COVID centres-any Government Hospital/private Hospital or any Quarantine center in the State, found infected with Coronavirus (COVID-19) is not disclosed/publicized either in any intra-departmental communication or in any media platform including social media.”

Contentions raised by the petitioner in his writ petition under Article 226:

He draws the attention of the Court to the fact that to counter prejudices, the Government of India in an advisory had said that those affected by coronavirus or under quarantine, should not be identified. Most states in India have a strict policy similar to that of ICMR – of not revealing the identity of COVID-19 patients. 

And in cases where the identity is revealed, those responsible have faced consequences, in this regard also mentioned… Continue Reading...

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