New Delhi: A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been filed against the government at the Centre, alleging gross mismanagement and failure to take early measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The PIL that has been filed by a group of retired bureaucrats who were joined by an Army veteran and a noted academician.
The petitioners include former diplomats K. P. Fabian and Madhu Bhaduri, retired IAS officer MG Devasahayam, noted academician Amit Bhaduri, and Meena Gupta.
The PIL seeks a directive from the apex court to set up a high-level inquiry commission. The directive has been sought under the aegis of Commissions of Inquiry Act 1952. The petitioners stated that the proposed Commission should look into the lapses by the Centre in handling the pandemic. The scope of the inquiry sought also covers the impact of these lapses on lives and livelihoods of people. The petitioners contended that they were seeking accountability on part of the Centre.
The PIL that sought transparency, stressed on various aspects that included failure to take early measures for containment of the disease, abrupt and arbitrary declaration of lockdown, failure of the lockdown to contain transmission of the disease, and misery wrought upon ordinary citizens owing to unplanned and sudden nature of the lockdown.
The petitioners sought a fact-finding inquiry by an independent commission appointed under the Commissions of Inquiry Act, 1952.
– globalbihari bureau