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[COVID-19] Delhi HC directs Delhi Govt to consider as representation petition concerning harmful effects of spraying disinfectants on humans

Aditi Singh

The Delhi High Court today directed the Delhi Government to consider as a representation a petition concerning the harmful effects of spraying disinfectants/chemicals on humans to combat COVID-19 infection. (Susheel Mahajan vs NCT of Delhi)

The petition was preferred by Susheel Mahajan and was listed for hearing before a Division Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Prateek Jalan.

Petitioner Mahajan asserted that spraying or fumigation of outdoor spaces was not recommended by the guidelines issued by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The Petitioner stated that as per the WHO guidelines and Government of India directives, only 70% Alcohol could be used to wipe down surfaces.

Spraying of disinfectants, which are chemicals, on individuals is not recommended under any circumstances, it was asserted.

"Spraying an individual or group with chemical disinfectants is physically and psychologically harmful..Spraying of chlorine on individuals can lead to irritation of eyes and skin and potentially gastrointestinal effects such as nausea and vomiting. Inhalation of sodium hypochlorite can lead to irritation of mucous membranes to the nose, throat, respiratory tract and may also cause bronchospasm.", the Petition reads.

The Petitioner claimed that a lot of agencies and private organizations were spraying such chemicals on humans to disinfect them by installing chambers, tunnels etc, which was in violation of Articles 14 and 21 of the Constitution of India.

After hearing the petitioner, the Court directed the Delhi Government to consider the concerns raised by the Petitioner by treating it as a representtaion.

Petitioner was represented by Advocates Dr N Pradeep Sharma and Harsh K Sharma.

Read the Petition:

PIL Spraying of Disinfectant on public places.pdf
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