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Wearing Face Mask Compulsory Even In Personal Vehicle, Delhi Government Tells Delhi High Court

Shreya Agarwal
18 Nov 2020 12:24 PM GMT
Wearing Face Mask Compulsory Even In Personal Vehicle, Delhi Government Tells Delhi High Court
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Arguing against a petition filed by an advocate demanding compensation of Rs. 10 lakhs for the imposition of Rs. 500 as fine for not wearing a mask in his personal vehicle while traveling alone, the Delhi Government has told the court that a personal vehicle is not a private space.

The statement was made in the petition filed by an Advocate seeking compensation of Rs 10 lakh after he was fined Rs 500 for not wearing a mask while driving alone in his car.
The affidavit filed by the Delhi Government in this regard states that the Regulations/Directives/Guidelines are very clear cut that "any person" moving around in his personal or official vehicle must be wearing masks as a mandate.
The government said that even a personal vehicle falls in the said category and cannot be said to be a private zone. For asserting this, the government has relied on a judgment of the Supreme Court
wherein it was held that when a private vehicle passes through a public road, the public has the opportunity to "approach the private vehicle" and have access to it.
In light of the Delhi Government's submission, a counsel appearing in connected matters also informed the Court that the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare itself has stated that any person sitting in a car need not wear a mask.
The Court adjourned the hearing till January 7, when it will also hear other petitions on similar issues


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