Create Grievance Redressal Mechanism for citizens to complain about violations of COVID-19 norms: Karnataka High Court

The Karnataka High Court recently gave an order and asked the State government to create a grievance redressal mechanism which would enable the citizens to file complaints via WhatsApp or email about violations of COVID norms.

This order was passed by a Division Bench of Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice Suraj Govindaraj, after it was brought to the notice of the Court that large number of COVID norms violations have been happening in the State.

The court added that the mechanism will have to be notified within 3 days and publicity must be given to its availability via newspapers and electronic media.

The Court directed that the information concerning to the grievance committees should be published at the offices of all the local authorities including Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP).

This decision came when the Court was hearing a petition filed by Letzkit Foundation which sought strict implementation of COVID-19 norms.

During the hearing, a memo was filed by the State government. It stated that every participant of a rally should pay the fine along with the organizer.

The Court expressed its hope while stating that every person will ensure that all the rules on social distancing and wearing of masks are followed.

Last week, the Court had observed that the right to lead a healthy life is a part of Article 21 of the Constitution and cannot be obstructed by few people who refuse to wear face masks or maintain social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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