Delhi High Court has disposed off a plea seeking action against manufacturing of faulty PPE kits giving liberty to the Petitioner to make a representation before the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.
The Single Bench of Justice Rekha Palli has further asked the concerned Ministry to consider the representation of the Petitioner and pass an order within one week of receiving such a representation.
The court said:
'As and when such a representation is made, the respondents will consider the same on its own merits and pass a reasoned order within one week. A copy of the said order will be immediately furnished to the petitioner through electronic means.'
The order has come in a PIL seeking a direction to be issued to the Health Ministry to initiate legal actions as envisaged under The Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 against the manufacturers of faulty/substandard PPE kits under the guise of "COVID-19 kits.
The Petitioner has also asked for the regulation of the import, manufacture, sale and circulation of Personal Protective Equipment Coveralls/kits under the provisions of The Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940.
In addition to this, the Petitioner had further sought court's direction to the Health Ministry to constitute a commission/body to deal with the menace of manufacture, import and supplying of faulty or substandard Personal Protective Equipment coveralls/kits for the purposes of COVID-19.
While disposing off the petition, the court clarified that it has neither examined norexpressed any opinion on the merits of the claim made in the said writ petition.
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