A lawyer has challenged the challan made for not wearing a mask while driving alone in the Delhi High Court, on which the court on Thursday sought answers from the Center and the AAP government. Justice Naveen Chawla has issued notices to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) and the police and asked their stand on the petition.
In this petition, we have requested to cancel the challan and give back 500 rupees. In addition, a compensation of Rs 10 lakh has been requested for mental harassment of the petitioner.
Petitioner Saurabh Sharma claimed that on September 9, he was going to work in his car. On the way, police personnel stopped him and fined him 500 rupees for not applying mask. Although he was alone in the car. Advocate KC Mittal, appearing for Sharma, argued that the Health Ministry notification clarifies that it is not mandatory to apply masks while driving a car alone.
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Advocate Farman Ali Magre, appearing for the ministry, said that such a notification has been issued. During the hearing, Mittal argued that the DDMA guidelines say that masks should be applied in public places or work places and not in private vehicles.
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The DDMA argued that the guidelines were issued in April and June, which make it mandatory to apply masks in public places. The Supreme Court has termed private car as a public place.
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He also said that under his guidelines, for the first time, there is a fine of 500 rupees for breaking the rule of applying separate masks and masks, after which there is a fine of Rs 1,000 for each violation.
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