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The letter seeks action against State officials concerned for their "fatal negligence".
A Central Government Standing Counsel has written to the Delhi High Court seeking action against those responsible for the Nizamuddin congregation, which led to the spread of COVID-19.
The letter by Standing Counsel Gaurang Kanth seeks action against organizers and participants of the Tabligh-e-Jamaat Markaz as well as the officials concerned for their "fatal negligence".
The letter states that the religious congregation which was organized by Alami Markaz Banglewali Masjid, Nizamuddin West during mid-March, witnessed participants from countries like China, England, Thailand, Dubai etc.
Thereafter, as per media reports, while at least 6 people who attended this congregation died in Telangana and one died in Kashmir on account of COVID-19, many others who returned to their respective states have now tested positive for the Coronavirus, it is added.
This gathering, Kanth asserts, was in violation of March 16 order issued by the Delhi Government under the COVID-19 Regulations, 2020 passed under the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 as well as the March 18 Delhi Police order banning assemblies of more than 5 people.
It is Kanth's stance that in view of the grim sitiation on account of the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing such a congregation "clearly constitutes a lapse on the part of the State Government machinery" which is "inexcusable and unpardonabe".
Thus, urging the Court to take suo motu action in the matter, Kanth writes,
Apart from seeking action against the organizers of Nizamuddin congregation and state officials, Kanth also prays for immediate action and remedial measures to be taken for curtailing and preventing the spread of COVID-19 in Delhi's Nizamuddin area.