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Karnataka High Court asks State to file FIR for flouting Covid-19 norms

Lawstreet Journal 24 Mar 2021 8:09pm

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Quoting “Thousands assemble without masks. You want a red carpet for offenders and you don’t want to take action against them. Now you want to compound the offences. This cannot be tolerated,” the Karnataka High Court on Monday, March 22, 2021 once again directed the state government to clarify its stand on whether it would register a First Information Report against the organisers of a held on February 21 for violation of norms regarding social distancing and wearing of masks.

Hearing a public interest litigation by Letzkit Foundation, a division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice Suraj Govindaraj said that the violations were unpardonable and further said that "Now you must register FIR, there is no escape. There is an offence which is not compounded you. It cannot wait till it is compounded. Otherwise, everything including Supreme Court guidelines in Lalita kumari case is set at naught." The bench further indicated that such acts of 100 to 200 people assembling at a place without wearing mask results into commiting an offence under section 5 (1) of the the Regulations framed under the provisions of the Karnataka Epidemic Diseases Act, 2020. Hence, compounding will have to be in the case of each offender."

Furthermore, The court orally observed that "Lakhs of people assembled without masks and you are not registering FIR. This is something which is unpardonable. Initially we kept granting you time as you said law is being amended. Now the law is amended and there is no compounding… Continue Reading...

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