Act sternly against large crowds: Karnataka HC | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: Citing an increase in fresh Covid-19 cases in Bengaluru Urban, the high court on Friday said authorities cannot allow large congregations and they must deal with such situations with a heavy hand.
A division bench headed by chief justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka made this oral comment while perusing a response filed by the state government with regards to the Panchamasali protest rally on February 21. The memo submitted by the government showed that on February 24, police notice was issued to former MLA Vijayanand Kashappanavar, president of All India Lingayat Panchamasali Mahasabha, and a fine of Rs 10,000 was imposed. On March 8, one Amresha Nagur, a representative of the organisers, paid the penalty to a BBMP health official.
The court said the government will have to take a definite stand whether the case has violated section 5 (1) of Epidemic Diseases Act and whether the offence was compounded in the manner provided by Section 10
(1) of the Epidemic Diseases Amendment Act 2020.
Meanwhile, though counsel prayed for two weeks’ time, the court granted only one week for BJP to submit a response regarding directions issued to party workers relating to wearing of masks and social distancing norms.
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