Aurangabad Bench: Aadhaar Card Necessary for People Venturing Out During Curfew Restrictions

Aurangabad Bench: Aadhaar Card Necessary for People Venturing Out During Curfew Restrictions

The Bombay High Court’s Aurangabad bench of Justices Ravindra Ghuge and Bhalchandra Debadwar on Monday said that it wasn’t in favour of directing the supply of medical oxygen and anti-viral coronavirus drug remdesivir to districts of Maharashtra, adding that the State and Central Governments should coordinate to make sure supply is maintained.  

The bench said, “We are not intending to grab share of Remdesivir injections, medical oxygen from any other district in Maharashtra. In our order, we ask the state and centre to follow their distribution policy and ensure timely supply.”

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The bench was hearing a suo motu public interest litigation (PIL) on the COVID-19 pandemic in Marathwada and Northern Maharashtra. 

Separately, the bench made it mandatory for anybody who is found outside beyond the permitted hours of 7 AM to 11 AM to carry their Aadhaar card. Failing to comply will lead to an offence against the individual, the bench said.

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“Barring relaxation of four hours, any person using vehicle during restriction period shall carry Aadhar card with him, failing which concerned road traffic police would register offence against such persons. We do not find any difficulty that even doctors and medical staff should carry their Aadhar card with them,” the court said. 

The Aurangabad bench also passed instructions on the movement of people during the holy month of Ramzan. Exceptions were provided between 5 PM to 8 PM for Ramzan festivities, with the police being directed not to initiate action against them. The court went on to say that this exception will only be valid until the end of Ramzan. 

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