Don’t book people for seeking help on social media: Supreme Court to cops
NEW DELHI: Warning state go nments ag inst booking people for making distressed social media posts on scarcity of oxygen, essential medicines and beds for Covid-19 patients, the Supreme Court on Friday said state police and DGPs would be hauled for contempt of court for any clampdown on citizens for airing grievances on deficiencies in healthcare during the pandemic.
Without referring to scores of cases lodged ag inst people in Maharashtra, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh for making such posts, a bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud, L N Rao and S R Bhat strongly objected to police action ag inst social media posts by hapless individuals seeking help from every quarter to get a bed, oxygen cylinder or Remdesivir injection for their precariously placed Covid-positive relatives or friends.
未提及马哈拉施特拉邦、哈里亚纳邦和北方邦立了大量此类案件，法官D Y Chandrachud、L N Rao和S R Bhat强烈反对警方对那些在社交媒体上发帖子采取行动的不幸者立案，这些人从各个方面寻求帮助，为他们处于危险状态的确诊亲属或朋友获得床位、氧气瓶或瑞德西韦注射液。
"If a citizen ventilates his grievances through social media posts, there is no presumption that it is not genuine. There cannot be and should not be any clampdown on free . If anyone is booked for airing their grievance about non-supply of oxygen, medicines or availability of hospital bed, it will amount to a clampdown and we will treat it as contempt of this court," Justice Chandrachud said while conveying strong disapproval of the actions taken by police in states in the name of health emergency under the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, provisions of IPC, 1860, and the Disaster Management Act, 2005.
Chandrachud表示，他强烈反对各邦警方根据1897年《流行病法》、1860年《国际病虫害防治公约》和2005年《灾害管理法》以卫生紧急状况为名采取行动：“如果一名公民通过社交媒体发帖表达自己的不满，谁也不能断定这是假的，也不应该压制言 论自 由。如果有人因为抱怨医院缺氧、缺药品或床位而被起诉，我们将视之为藐视法庭。”
"Let a loud message go out to the states and their DGPs. We will brook no violation of the to free of a citizen when the country is going through a humanitarian crisis during a health emergency. We will haul them for contempt," the bench said and cited Justice Chandrachud's judgment in the nine-judge bench verdict on Aadhaar validity in K Puttaswamy case in which he had cited the importance of free flow of information in combating a national crisis.
The bench said, "Let there be free flow of information. Grievances aired through social media posts could actually help the go nment and local administration to attend to common deficiencies in the healthcare sector and attend to them speedily."
Next, this govt will ban crying when loved ones die because it spoils their image.
De acy on the wane under Modi. He should quit and not seek reion.
Country is going through worse Healthcare crises, Don't shut the mouth of suffering people, ions is not everything, leaders come and go based on their performance.
THIS GOVT. CANNOT TAKE EVEN A BIT OF CRITICISM. THE PRESENT CRISES COULD HAVE BEE EASILY AVOIDED HAD OUR PM AND HIS KNICKERWALLAS CHAMCHAS WERE PROACTIVE. HE HAD FULL 8 MONTHS TO PREPARE.
It is very important to prect the image of our greatest of all PMs, Sri Modi ji. Nobody should be allowed to criticize him.
Feku couldn't develop Gujarat in 15 years and he wants to fix Indian in 10 years.
Modi is the biggest te rort ever..he should be convicted for gen ide in the international courts
莫迪是有史以来最大的恐 怖分子，国际法庭上应判他种族灭 绝罪
When such internal crisis happens, its the responsibility of home minister to take stock of the situation.
This country is turned into a banana republic.
It is since 2014.
Why r the deaths under reported? Thousands dieing and we report 3500 deaths for one day while much more r losing loved ones
most horrible govt ever
Re gious and caste fanatics will make sure feku wins again and again
Extremely disappointing that the Honorable Court has to say this to a de- ically ed go nment.
The ground reallity is only visible on social media.
Good decision by the Supreme Court. Seeking help can't be a crime.
Sad state hyp0crisy de acy
How will BJP can coverup the truth? Suppress the people from all the end and even in their final journey.
arrest feku for spreading covid through campaigns...