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Karnataka High Court Asks State to Decide on Prosecuting MP Tejasvi Surya for Not Wearing Masks

Lawstreet Journal 17 Nov 2020 10:47pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary Karnataka High Court Asks State to Decide on Prosecuting MP Tejasvi Surya for Not Wearing Masks

Karnataka High Court has called on the state government for not penalizing BJP Lok Sabha member Tejasvi Surya and others for not wearing masks and flouting norms by attending political events.

The original petition had drawn attention to safety guideline violations at social gatherings, religious places, and shopping malls.

The petition was filed when daily cases had touched a peak of over 10,000 in Karnataka, with the majority being reported in Bangalore. Although the number of cases has been steadily decreasing, Bangalore remains a concern.

A divisional bench of Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice Vishwajith Shetty was hearing a petition filed by city-based NGO Letzkit Foundation that had brought to light widespread violations of Covid-19 safety guidelines by political leaders.

Senior lawyer G.R. Mohan, who appeared for advocate Geeta Mishra who impleaded in the case, said that the bench asked the BJP government lawyer whether the state had fined Surya and the others.

Karnataka is the second worst-affected state in India with over 8.38 lakh Covid cases and more than 11,000 deaths.

In a memo filed to implead in the original petition, Mohan had submitted news clippings showing Surya riding an open vehicle, which was part of a convoy, from Bangalore airport to the BJP party office after he arrived in the city on September 30 following his appointment as BJP YuvaMorcha national president.

The visuals showed how Surya and others had neither maintained physical distancing nor worn masks.

The petitioner had cited violation of the Disaster Management Act and the Karnataka Epidemic Diseases Ordinance, 2000,… Continue Reading...

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