Chandigarh

HIGH COURT DISMISSED PIL AGAINST CHANDIGARH ADMINISTRATION CHALLENGING ITS DECISION TO KEEP OPEN ALL SHOPS WITH ESSENTIAL COMMODITIES DAILY.

March 29, 2020 03:04 PM

Chandigarh (Subhash Jindal)

The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Sunday dismissed the public interest litigation (PIL) challenging the challenging the decision to keep open all shops with essential commodities daily. Hearing a Public Interest Litigation filed against the decision, the bench of Justices Rajiv Sharma and Justice R.K. Jain had issued the notice to the Chandigarh administration and other respondents. The petitioner had sought quashing of the decision.

 Mr. Manoj Parida Advisor to the Chandigarh Administration tweeted saying that : “Thanks honourable judges who upheld our decision to open essential shops with social distancing”.

The UT administration had on March 27 decided that all shops with essential commodities such as foodgrains, groceries, fruits, vegetables, milk, meat and fish would remain open from 10 am to 6.00 pm daily, till further orders.  The issue was also raised in media interaction with UT Administrator Mr. V.P. Singh Badnore on Saturday evening at Tagore Theatre. Mr. Badnore took a stand by his decision.

The Faculty Association of Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) President Dr. J.S. Thakur, in his petition pleaded  that purpose of social distancing and quarantine would be stand defeated.

“We strongly oppose this move. This will defeat the purpose of social distancing and quarantine. It will be impossible to maintain social distancing when the shops are open. The medical fraternity is struggling to ensure steps to contain the spread of the virus, arrange personal protective equipment for the healthcare staff, special wards and ICUs for the impending epidemic. The only way to contain this virus is by prevention,” he said.

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