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In view of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Delhi High Court today suspended the Breath Analyser Test (BAT) through tube process for Air Traffic Controllers till March 27. (Air Traffic Controllers Guild vs UOI & Ors)
As per the Court's direction, instead of the test, the Air Traffic Controllers shall now give an undertaking and a self-declaration under their signature, stating that that they did not report to work under the influence of alcohol.
Any violation of the undertaking and the self-declaration shall entail severe consequences, the Court has clarified.
A Single Judge Bench of Justice Prathiba M Singh also directed the Directorate General of Medical Sciences (Air), Air Traffic Controllers’ Guild (India), Airports Authority of India, and doctors to explore an alternative method to conduct the test.