The Delhi High Court on Friday disposed of a PIL seeking seeking immediate relief for the Rohingya families living in three different settlements in Delhi (i.e. Khajuri Khas, Shram Vihar and Madanpur Khadar).
The Court asked the PIL petitioner to approach the concerned nodal officer with the grievances regarding denial of ration, drinking water and medical aid.
The Delhi Government informed the Delhi High Court that adequate ration is being provided to families belonging to the Rohingya community in Delhi.
Appearing for the Delhi Government, Mr Sanjoy Ghose also informed the Division Bench of Justice Manmohan and Justice Sanjeev Narula that four hunger centres are being run close to the three camps where Rohingyas are residing.
The information was given in a PIL filed by Mr Fazal Abdali, seeking immediate relief for the Rohingya families living in three different settlements in Delhi on the ground that they have been denied relief under the various relief packages announced by the Delhi Government to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Petitioner argued that despite the Supreme Court's order dated 11/15/18, the Delhi Government failed to provide basic amenities such as safe drinking water, sanitation, medical aid and education for their children.
While going through the submissions made by the Petitioner, the court observed that the allegations levelled in the petition are general in nature and do not refer to problems faced by specific individuals or families.
'Neither the names of the families with whom the petitioner had conversation nor the name of the individual who was detained by the local police has been mentioned in the said representation. Further, in the representation dated 23rd April, 2020, again a general allegation has been made', the court observed.
While noting that a similar writ petition is pending before the Supreme Court, and tar the apex court had already passed an interim order for the appointment of a Nodal Officer, the court directed the Petitioner to approach the Nodal Officer/Revenue Magistrate in accordance with the order dated 11th May, 2018 with precise allegations/particulars specifically mentioning the name and address of the refugee who has been denied medical aid or ration or drinking water.
In the event such a representation is filed, the court further held, the same shall be disposed of by the Nodal Officer by a speaking order within three working days.
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