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The petitioners contended that many patients were standing in the queue outside the lab to undergo COVID-19 testing, posing a threat to residents of the area.
The Karnataka High Court today dismissed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by two residents seeking directions to the authorities to shift or close down a COVID-19 testing laboratory in their locality.
A Division Bench of Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice M Nagaprasanna refused to entertain the petition on the ground that a writ of mandamus cannot be issued to a private entity as it is not an agency or instrumentality of the State.
"We cannot issue a writ of mandamus to Respondent 4 (Mediclu Diagnostics and Speciality Centre)...It is a company or a firm, we do not know", said the Bench.
Further, the Bench observed,
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