Sunday, April 19, 2020

Delhi HC dismisses plea on PPE kits for pilots, crew members

New Delhi : Delhi High Court on Saturday dismissed a plea seeking directions to the respondents to provide proper personal protective equipment (PPE) kits to the pilots and the other cabin crew members on board the flights, which are operating between India and foreign countries or carrying foreign nationals to their respective countries.
The petition filed by Vaibhav Sharma through his advocate HS Nanda alleged that even if the PPE kits are being issued, they are not enough for the entire crew and are mostly oversized, in contradiction to the safety and security guidelines.
The other issue raised in the petition was that the pilots and the other crew members on these flights, on return, should be quarantined in some hotels, near the airport, instead of home quarantine, where there is a risk of infection to their family members.

Division Bench of Justice JR Midha and Justice Jyoti Singh while dismissing the plea, provide the liberty to the petitioner to give suggestions to the concerned ministries through email.

The Bench also opined that the petitioner has not been able to make out a case for the interference of the court. "The petitioner has not given any material particulars to enable this Court to come to the conclusion that adequate measures are not being taken by the government to extend proper protective kits to the crew members or that the home quarantine measures are having any adverse effects," the court said.
Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Maninder Acharya who appeared for the Centre submitted that permitting these chartered flights is the policy decision of the government, keeping in mind the humane and diplomatic relationships with other countries, and is not liable to be questioned in the present petition.
19/04/20 New Kerala
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