NEW DELHI: Delhi High Court directed Delhi Police to take action against its officials who are not following the Covid-19 protocols and violating Motor Vehicles Act by not wearing helmets while riding their vehicles.
A Division Bench of Acting Chief Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Sachin Datta held – “Police officers are equally bound by directions issued by DDMA, as any other citizen. We are of the view that they should lead by example.”
Advocate Shalen Bhardwaj filed a plea seeking directions for taking legal action against the Delhi police officials for violating the Covid-19 guidelines on duty and not implementing the Covid-19 guidelines despite the issuance of circulars by the Ministry of Home Affairs and Delhi Disaster Management Authority.
In August 2021, the appellant was challenged for not wearing a mask. When he went to the Sadar Bazar Police Station, he alleges that the police officials were themselves not wearing masks and helmet at that time on duty.
A Single bench of the High Court had last year disposed of Bharadwaj’s pela in view of the fact that on the basis of his complaint, two police personnel who were embroiled in the spat had been cautioned.
However, Bharadwaj has preferred the instant appeal pointing out that about 30 police personnel were found without mask but, no action is taken against them for violation of directions issued by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority.
Counsel Advocate Satyakam, told that several police personnel were found violating the law and had been admonished. At this juncture, the Bench inquired why such errant officers had not been challenged.
“Have you challaned them? You are challaning people, are these officers above the law? You have to lead by example,” Justice Sanghi said.
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