PIL Seeks Supreme Court Directive During Coronavirus Lockdown

The PIL stated that a specific instruction is the immediate need of the hour as there is news that police beat a person to death in West Bengal when he had gone to buy milk

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A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been filed through E-Filing before Supreme Court of India seeking appropriate directions/ guidelines/ instructions to Government as well as police authority and the common public to regulate the movement of people in the present lockdown situation.

In the PIL filed by Guwahati-based lawyer Amit Goyal, it is stated that a specific instruction is the immediate need of the hour as there is news that police beat a person to death in West Bengal when he had gone to buy milk.

At present, there is no such guidelines or instructions from the concerned government department as to how the public can meet their basic necessities as well as how to cope with a medical emergency situation since the police officers/personnel are seen beating people whoever is seen on road without even asking the cause, which is in violation to Article 21 of the Constitution of India, Goyal informed.

The petitioner is represented by Supreme Court lawyer Kaushik Chaudhury, AOR and city-based lawyer, Pritam Baruah.

It is contended in the petition that considering the gravity of the situation due to coronavirus outbreak, the petitioner welcomes the lockdown step taken by the government and also applaud the efforts put by the doctors and other medical staffs, police department, bankers, Court Officials etc. who are risking their lives for the service of the nation and its public.

India went into 21-day nationwide lockdown from the midnight of March 24th, 2020 to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

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