The Kohima Bench of the Gauhati High Court on Monday directed the Government of Nagaland to forthwith set up at least two testing labs of COVID-19 in the state.
The direction was made by a bench of Justice Songkhupchung Serto and Justice S Hukato Swu in a PIL filed by Kikrukhonuo, a resident of Kohima.
The court has also asked the Government to file an affidavit showing their level of preparedness and a statement showing the materials already supplied for the personnel who are on the line of duty amid the pandemic.
The Petitioner had highlighted that there were no COVID-19 testing labs in the state and samples were sent to Assam and Manipur, causing unwarranted delay in the testing process.
While issuing notice on the petition, the court directed the State Government to:
The court has also asked the state government to file its reply in the matter, addressing all the concerns raised by the Petitioner regarding actions taken by it to deal with the impending Covid-19 pandemic.
"Regarding the other concerns raised by the petitioner in the writ petition, the respondents are to look into them and come with their response through an affidavit on the returnable date. We also direct the State respondents to file their affidavit showing their level of preparedness and also a statement showing the materials already supplied for the personnel who are on the line of duty," the court ordered.
Case Title: Kikrukhonuo v. State of Nagaland & Ors.
Case No.: PIL No. 2/2020
Quorum: Justice Songkhupchung Serto and Justice S Hukato Swu
Appearance: Advocate Neiteo Koza (for Petitioner); Addl. Senior Government Advocate V. Suokhrie
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