The Supreme Court dismissed a petition seeking for directions for use of the term "physical distancing" instead of "social distancing" and imposed costs of Rs. 10,000/-.
The plea, filed by Advocate-on-Record Satya Mitra on behalf of Shakeel Qureshi, and argued by Senior Advocate S.B Deshmukh, averred that states such as Uttar Pradesh and others were using the word "social distancing"; they were also allegedly using "samajik doori" in Hindi. Deshmukh submitted to the Court that directions should be given for the use of the term "physical distancing" and not "social distancing" due to notions of caste that are embedded in the country's history. It was further contended that it was a means to discriminate amongst the minorities. The Supreme Court, however, was not inclined to entertain the petition. A Bench comprising of Justices Ashok Bhushan, SK Kaul and BR Gavai dismissed the petition with cost of Rs. 10,000/- which is to be deposited in the Supreme Court Mediation Centre within a period of eight weeks.
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