Congregation in Delhi: Gujarat HC issues notice to state, Center
AHMEDABAD: On Wednesday they asked the government to provide details of those who came to the state after attending a Delhi congregation and report on steps taken to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection due to them.
The congregation in the Nizamuddin area of Delhi last month turned out to be a coronavirus hot spot.
Ashutosh Shastri, a bank of the Justice Division and Chief Justice, also directed the central and state governments to report what corrective or punitive measures were being taken, or could be taken, if it was discovered that the participants of the congregation in New Delhi had traveled to India and within the country in violation of VISA rules.
Many of the congregation participants had come from countries like Indonesia.
The court approved the order, seeking answers by April 3, while listening to a Suo motu Public Interest Litigation on the coronavirus pandemic.
He noted that infections that spread from the religious congregation held in the national capital last month represented an equally great challenge for the nation when it is already crippled and facing the challenge of facing the coronavirus pandemic.
Earlier in the day, the Gujarat government had stated that at least 1,500 Gujarat people were present in the Nizamuddin area of Delhi when the congregation was in detention.
The court learned of the 'suo motu' coronavirus outbreak (alone) on March 13 and sought the government's response on the steps it was taking to control it.
The matter was brought up for hearing on April 4, but the hearing was brought forward by order of the President of Justice following media reports on the Nizamuddin event taking place despite warnings about such meetings, and many of attendees later traveled to other parts of India, including Gujarat.
The hearing was done through video conference.