NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court directed the State Government to seriously examine the proposal of imposition of fines for those found guilty of mosquito breeding, The Court said that the quantum of fine should be fixed at Rs. 50,000,instead of Rs 50,00
The Division Bench of Acting Chief Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Jasmeet Singh observed that the imposition of fines should be examined if a deterrence has to be created in the minds of the people to not allow mosquito breeding around their premises.
The Bench said We are also of the view that where institutions are found guilty of such conduct, the quantum of fine should not be limited to merely Rs.5,000/-, and should be fixed at Rs. 50,000/-. The GNCTD shall examine these aspects at the highest level and respond on the next date,”
However, the Delhi government submitted that it proposes to increase the fine to Rs. 5,000/- and the same is under process and on the spot fines are not proposed at all.
Taking exception to this, the Bench observed,
“The efficacy of the system of imposition of fines as a deterrent would be completely lost if fines are not imposed on the spot. We may also notice that mere challenging the violators and those found guilty of allowing mosquito breeding on their premises, would only lead to an explosion of such cases in the Courts and add to the already existing heavy burdens that the subordinate Courts have to deal with.”
The matter will now be heard in the month of July.
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