Telangana HC blasts police, govt. for complacency in checking COVID-19
Govt. was presenting a rosy image of ‘coronavirus under control’ whereas the ‘ground reality is completely different,’ says Bench.
The Telangana High Court on Tuesday got here down closely on the police and the State authorities, observing that they have been presenting a rosy image of “coronavirus under control” whereas the “ground reality is completely different”.
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A Bench of Chief Justice Hima Kohli and Justice B. Vijaysen Reddy directed the Police Commissioners of Hyderabad, Cyberabad and Rachakonda Anjani Kumar, V.C. Sajjanar, and Mahesh Bhagwat respectively to “put your heads together” and let the courtroom understand how they have been planning to examine the unfold of COVID-19 by 2.30 p.m. The Police Commissioners attended the listening to just about.
When Advocate General B.S. Prasad sought time until 3 p.m. stating that the State Cabinet was assembly at 2 p.m. to “take some decisions”, the Chief Justice mentioned the result might be conveyed in the course of the listening to and needed the three Police Commissioners and Public Health Director G. Srinivasa Rao to be prepared with a plan of motion.
The Advocate General sought permission on behalf of Mr. Rao stating that the latter was occupied in the conduct of the Cabinet assembly.
The Bench was scheduled to listen to a batch of Public Interest Litigation petitions on COVID-19 on Thursday however superior the listening to to Tuesday after coming to know concerning the grave scenario individuals have been dealing with as a result of second wave of the pandemic.
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As quickly because the listening to started, the Chief Justice bombarded the Police Commissioners with a number of questions. Citing media studies, the Chief Justice mentioned guidelines akin to bodily distancing and carrying face masks have been thrown to the wind in the State capital, particularly in the Old City, and the police have been remaining mute spectators. “We will hold the top officials responsible for this….buck should stop at the top officer…what is the local police doing when social distance is not followed, face masks are not worn..?” the Chief Justice mentioned.
Expressing critical concern over police not checking non secular congregations in totally different components of the State capital, the CJ mentioned the “head of the officers will roll” if the courtroom instructions on steps to examine the unfold of coronavirus weren’t enforced. Referring to the decrease testing and constructive circumstances, the Chief Justice mentioned the federal government was attempting to current a “rosy picture” and persuade the courtroom that every part was “hunky-dory”. When the Advocate General mentioned the federal government was reviewing the scenario, the CJ requested him “why does the government want to review when everything is under control”.
The Bench took a critical notice of police not allowing an ambulance with COVID-19 sufferers to enter Telangana from neighbouring Andhra Pradesh. “Is this fair? Is this humanity? Who gave the oral orders to stop that ambulance with coronavirus patients?” the CJ requested the AG.
The Bench recalled its earlier instructions to the State authorities to contemplate the extension of night time curfew hours and weekend lockdown. Soon after the High Court handed the orders, the officers held a press convention observing that “people can be safe inside their homes”.