Karnataka HC directs mandatory disclosing requirements to obtain E-Pass from Seva Sindhu Portal:

A petition had been filed in Karnataka High Court by a petitioner named Advocate M Indira Priyadharshini indicating that the guidelines issued by the Department of Health and Family Welfare of the State Government on June 8 includes that it is mandatory for the travelers to self register themselves on the portal before entering in the State but it is contrary to the Unlock 3 guidelines issued by the Home Ministry on July 29 as it permits free, inter and intra-state transport and travel of people and goods.

The division bench comprising of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Ashok S Kinagi observed that “The State government will have to justify this action of taking self-declaration from travelers making it mandatory for them to register on Seva Sindhu portal.” The Honorable bench directed the government to submit its objections by August 24 and will hear the matter next on August 25.

The petitioner also argued that the registration on the portal violates rights under Article 19(1) (d), Article 19(1) (g) and under Article 21 of the Constitution of India. However advocate Vikram Huilgol, appearing for the State stated that “Registration on Seva Sindhu is to ensure that the State government knows who is coming into the State. There is no other way we can enforce the quarantine requirements.”

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