· Examine feasibility of installation of CCTVs in public places
· Directs Police to take action in accordance with the law
In view of the coronavirus pandemic, the High Court directed the government to prepare public about possibility of partial or full removal of lockdown restrictions.
The court pointed out that there are no confirmed reports about progression of the infection or life of the virus.
It remarked that as of now the lockdown has been ordered till April,14, 2020.
"The situation as may obtain on that day cannot be anticipated," the division bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Rajnesh Oswal, said.
The bench, however, recorded that it is essential to be prepared for possibility of a partial or a full removal of the lockdown restrictions.
"It is therefore imperative to prepare public about the permissible conduct upon removal of the restrictions, progression of the COVID-19 virus infection and life of the virus; possibility of carriers existing and infecting despite the lockdown and all related information," court said.
The directions were passed after court took serious note of prevailing situation and directed to authorities to immediately address this critical issue.
The court while referring to the topography of Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh, remoteness of some of the areas, extent of illiteracy, poverty and difficulties in accessing information by the public, remarked that it is essential to disseminate widespread information using all mediums.
For disseminating the information and awareness regarding COVID-19, the court said J&K State Legal Services with its wide reach of Para Legal Volunteers and Anganwadi Workers could be a valuable tool in these efforts.
In this regard, the court directed Secretary, Health and Medical Education department, Secretary, Social Welfare department, Director, Information department, and Member Secretary, JK State Legal Services Authority to immediately take such appropriate action as may be required.
"The action plan in this regard shall be placed before us by the Director, Information before April, 10, 2020," court directed.
The court also directed the government to examine feasibility of installation of CCTVs in public places to monitor public gatherings and trace contacts of infected persons.
"Such public places would include parks, banquet halls theatres, religious places, open grounds where functions involving public gatherings etc.," the court said.
Meanwhile, a status report regarding inflicting excessive violence against people during restrictions by police was submitted by Inspector General of Police before the court.
The court directed IGP to send a copy of a report to advocate Nitin Bakshi, who would ensure compliance with the requirements set out therein.
"Action be taken thereon by the police authorities in accordance with law," the court directed