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High Court deplores ‘irresponsible’ behaviour with medical staff

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 24

Amid rising number of Covid cases in the state, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has made it clear that "irresponsible" behaviour with medical and paramedical staff was required to be deprecated "in strongest terms".

The disapproval came in a case where a group of persons allegedly locked certain members of medical and paramedical team inside a room before removing a body from a mortuary.

The matter was brought to the High Court's notice after one Sandeep Kaur filed a petition against the state government seeking the concession of pre-arrest bail in a case registered at Barnala city police station for assault or criminal force to deter public servant from the discharge of his duty and other offences under Sections 297, 454, 353, 186, 342, 270, 120-B and 188 of the IPC, besides the provisions of the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act and the Disaster Management Act.

Appearing before Justice Tejinder Singh Dhindsa, counsel for the petitioner submitted that the petitioner was not related to the person whose body was taken away from the mortuary and the FIR in the matter was against unknown and unrelated persons. Taking a note of the submissions, Justice Dhindsa, on the previous date of hearing, asked the State counsel to file a reply on the link evidence on the basis of which the present petitioner, a woman, was being nominated as an accused.

In its reply, the state submitted that a video clip of the occurrence was recorded and the present petitioner stood duly identified. Justice Dhindsa added that the counsel for the petitioner himself took a somersault and conceded that the person whose body was removed from the mortuary was her first cousin.

"Under the prevalent Covid-19 pandemic for any person to behave in such an irresponsible manner needs to be deprecated in strong terms. The medical and paramedical staffers are working round the clock to fight the pandemic. There is a certain protocol to be observed regarding conduct of Covid test and in the eventuality of there being a Covid death, certain precautionary measures have to be followed," Justice Dhindsa added.

Rejects pre-arrest bail to accused

The High Court has denied pre-arrest bail to a woman, who along with others, had allegedly locked certain members of medical and paramedical team inside a room before removing a body from a mortuary in Barnala.

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