The Allahabad High Court on Friday asked the Uttar Pradesh Government to apprise it with the status of members of Tablighi Jamat, who were quarantined after their arrival in the state.
The bench of Chief Justice Govind Mathur and Justice Ramesh Sinha has directed the state to "make available all details pertaining to the members of Tablighi Jamat, who were quarantined, released after completing the quarantine period or have yet not been released despite completing tenure of quarantine."
The direction was passed in a PIL moved by Delhi-based lawyer Shaad Anwar who pointed out that all the members of Tablighi Jamat who were quarantined by the state Government have completed the prescribed Quarantine period but the State, without any just and valid reason and in violation of the right to life and liberty of such people guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution, is not releasing them.
Responding to these allegations, Additional Advocate General Manish Goyal informed the Court that many of such members were staying at the quarantine centers at their own will due to non-availability of transportation from the State of Uttar Pradesh to the State to which they belong.
This fact was however disputed by the Petitioner.
The court has now asked the Government to particularly provide reasons for not releasing such persons, if any.
Case Title: Shaad Anwar v. State of UP
Case No.: PIL No. 578/2020
Quorum: Chief Justice Govind Mathur and Justice Ramesh Sinha
Appearance: Petitioner in person; Additional Advocate General Manish Goyal (for State)
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