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Plea moved before Delhi HC challenging Centre's 'Unlock-1' order on re–opening non-containment zones

Aditi Singh

A Petition has been moved before the Delhi High Court challenging the Central Government's May 30 order on re–opening non-containment zones and permitting certain prohibited activities from June 8. (Arjun Aggarwal vs UOI)

The petition has been moved by Arjun Aggarwal and is listed for hearing before a Division Bench of Justices Hima Kohli and Subramonium Prasad tomorrow.

It is the Petitioner's stance that Central Government "inexplicably erred" in issuing the May 30 order given the current rate at which the COVID–19 was spreading all throughout the country.

"whilst casting this obligation (to ensure one's safety during the pandemic) on the citizens has shrugged off its constitutional responsibility to safeguard the fundamental rights of its citizens to a healthy life and therefore as a sequitur has violated the basic fundamental rights of the citizens enshrined in the foundation of the Constitution of India.", the petition reads.

In the petition filed through advocates Nikita Chitale and Apratim A Thakur, the Petitioner has argued that although the Centre has opened markets, transport etc, the observance of social distancing norms in such public places was impractical and the "ripple effect" of this Unlock-1 would further "nudge its citizenry" towards the virus.

The Petitioner has prayed for a direction to set aside the May 30 order for being ex facie unsustainable in law.

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