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Migrant gathering in Bandra amid COVID-19 a one-off incident, no urgency for ad-interim relief in plea for military deployment: Bombay HC

The Judge also observed that the directions sought by the petitioners could always be passed by the Court as and when normal court work resumes.

Aishwarya Iyer

The Bombay High Court recently refused to entertain an application for ad interim relief in a petition urging the Court to direct the Maharashtra Government to deploy military forces in vulnerable area so as to better contain the spread of COVID-19.

The petitioners moved the Court in this regard, in the wake the recent security breach in Bandra wherein hundreds of migrant laborers gathered outside the Bandra railway station on April 14, demanding permission to return to their native homes in violation of the lockdown.

Citing this incident, the petitioners asserted that there was urgent involved in the matter warranting the grant of ad interim reliefs.

When the matter came up earlier this week, however, Justice BP Colabawalla disagreed, opining that the submission is not well-founded.

The Court noted that "These are extraordinary times and the Government and the Civic Authorities are doing their best to keep things under control."

Justice Colabawalla further emphasised that the Government is likely to take necessary measures to ensure that a one-off incident like that security breach at Bandra does not occur again.

"One incident does not make out an urgency and the Court is sure that the Government and the Civic Authorities will do whatever is necessary to ensure that an incident like the one that took place at Bandra, Mumbai on 14th April, 2020 will be avoided until the lock-down is effective."
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Therefore, the Court disposed of the application, after observing that the directions sought by the petitioners could always be passed by the Court as and when normal court work resumes.

Read the order here:

Shankar Sarvotam Pai & Ors v State of Maharashtra & Ors.pdf
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