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The Government will have to decide whether specific information pertaining to persons who have allegedly contacted coronavirus at a particular place should be made public, the Court said.
The Karnataka High Court yesterday rejected a plea urging that the Goverment be directed to make public the details of those persons who have contracted the COVID-19 at the religious event held in Nizamuddin, Delhi last month.
The Division Bench comprising of Chief Justice Abhay Sreeniwas Oka and Justice BV Nagarathna held that the State Government or Central Government will have to take a decision on this issue as the same is a policy decision. Highlighting this aspect, the order reads,
"The State Government or Central Government will have to take a decision on the question whether specific information as regards particular persons who have allegedly contacted corona virus at a particular place should be made public or not. It is a matter of policy. Therefore, we are unable to issue any directions in this behalf."
Karnataka High Court
The Court further noted that that the State Government has taken steps to trace foreign and Indian nationals who attended the Nizamuddin event as well as steps to quarantine such persons.
In this regard, the Additional Solicitor General informed the Court that on April 16, a memo had been filed, concerning details of the Foreign and Indian nationals who attended the Nizamuddin gathering, which had been furnished by the Government of Delhi to the Government of Karnataka.
Moreover, the Court had been informed by the State Government that 808 persons who attended the Nizamuddin event have been identified and quarantined in the State of Karnataka.
The Bench also observed that, "the State Government as well as the Central Government have been periodically releasing the figures of the number of persons tested positive, number of live cases, number of recovered cases and the number of deaths."
With these observations, the High Court proceeded to dispose of the plea.
[Read order here]