NEW DELHI: If errant litigants were earlier asked to plant trees, they are now being made part of the fight against Covid 19 by the Delhi high court.
In a recent order,
Justice Najmi Waziri
by asking him to supply 250 personal protective equipment (PPE kits) to a few government hospitals where testing and/or treatment facilities for Covid-19 is being carried out “so as to provide some protection the medical staff/healthcare workers engaged in combating the pandemic”.
The HC permitted the owner to carry out repairs on the property in
that had been sealed by
the South Delhi Municipal Corporation
earlier for unauthorised constructions. The builder had moved the court seeking relief since the corporation had sealed the premises, while claiming that the constructions are not as per the sanctioned plan. In his plea, the owner contended that he should be given another chance to remove illegal portions so that there is no violation of the plan.
“In view of the global pandemic, resulting in the countrywide lockdown, there is constant apprehension of contracting the disease from anyone. It is the need of the hour that those engaged in the frontlines of dealing with the pandemic and the resultant casualties are provided protective gear,” Justice Waziri observed, while giving another chance to the owner to rectify the illegal/unauthorised construction.
“The properties shall be de-sealed by the corporation for only a period of four weeks for due compliance i.e., to carry out due rectifications. The petitioner shall not part with the possession of any part of the properties during the period of de-sealing,” the HC said, asking the SDMC to point out the areas that are part of unauthorised construction and need to be removed.
On the condition imposed on the property owner, the court said some PPEs have to be provided to those dealing with the last rites of pandemic-related casualties and asked him to ensure the kits are ICMR-approved. The same bench had earlier also expressed concern at the delayed cremations of Covid-19 victims while directing North Delhi Municipal Corporation to operationalise at least two cremation platforms in Delhi's Nithari.