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HC directs govt to file report on bringing back stranded TN Tablighi attendees

HC directs govt to file report on bringing back stranded TN Tablighi attendees
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Chennai, May 7 (PTI) The Madras High Court on Thursday

directed the Tamil Nadu government to submit a status report

on the steps taken to bring back stranded people from the

state, who had attended a religious conference in Delhi in

March.

A division bench of Justices Vineet Kothari and Pushpa

Sathyanarayana directed the government to file the status

report on a petition by Asa Umar Farooq and posted the matter

for further hearing to May 12.

Claiming that the central government had alerted its

citizens on the COVID-19 pandemiconly on March 14, the

petitioner said there was no ban ordered against any

gatherings, religious events or public meetings till then.

He further submitted that the Prime Minister had asked

the public to observe ''Janta curfew'' for a day on March 22.

Till then, no medical emergency was announced in the

country by the health department.

It was only when the Centre realised the gravity of the

situation arising out of the disease that it was declared as a

national disaster and sec.144 was promulgated in the state,

asking people to maintain social distancing.

Both the governments, announced enforcement of the

lockdown, without facilitating any transit for those who had

been stuck in far off places and no alternative facilities

were made available for them, the petitioner alleged.

Referring to those who had gone to New Delhi to attend

the Tabhlighi Jamaat conference, he said over 1,500 people

were stranded in the national capital in the wake of

coronavirus-induced lockdown, of which around 600 were from

the Tamil Nadu.

Apart from this, many others were stuck in other states.

Alleging that the state government has failed in its duty

to bring back its natives from other states, the petitioner

sought a direction from the court to bring them back.

When the matter came up before the bench through video

conference, Government Pleader Jayaprakash Narayan submitted

that all such applications from people stranded in different

parts of the country, were being processed by a team. PTI COR

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Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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