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Delhi HC tells DGCA to penalise those violating Covid norms at airport

By Shgun S -- June 03, 2022 7:02 pm -- Updated:June 03, 2022 7:04 pm

New Delhi, June 3: The Delhi High Court on Friday asked the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to take strict action against flyers violating mask norms in the airports.

The court stated that the pandemic has not abated and keeps springing its ugly head. It further said that all people found violating norms should be booked, penalised and placed on the no-fly list.

On Friday, a bench of Acting Chief Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Sachin Datta ordered DGCA to ensure norms are followed and the aviation body should take strict action against passengers and others who violate masking and hygiene norms.

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The court further noted the submission of counsel for DGCA that it has seriously implemented norms regarding the wearing of masks at airports and in aircraft.

The court further directed DGCA to file a report in this regard and listed the matter for July 18, 2022.

The High Court was hearing a Public Interest Litigation on not following Covid-19 in the airport initiated by a Single-Judge Bench of Justice C. Hari Shankar last year. The Delhi HC last had taken suo motu cognisance after noting an alarming situation on March 5th 2021, where people flying from Kolkata to Delhi on an Air India flight did not wear masks.

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-PTC News

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