Delhi govt. given two weeks’ time to reply to plea concerning privacy of Covid-19 patients

An order was passed by the Delhi High court in the case of Kush Kalra v. Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD). The plea seeks relief with respect to the privacy of individuals who have tested positive for the coronavirus.

The petitioner seeks a mandate from the court to restrain the government from putting up posters outside the houses of Covid 19 patients listing their names and circulating it among resident welfare associations (RWAs) on whatsapp or otherwise. It has been argued that the publicity leads to stigmatization and infringement of privacy and discourages the general public from getting tested in order to avoid public embarrassment.

A division bench of Justices Hima Kohli and Subramonium Prasad have heard the arguments made on behalf of the Petitioner and have issued a notice to the concerned government. The respondents have been allowed to submit their reply within two weeks’ time. The case has been posted to 3rd November.

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