Bare faced in your car? Mask a must in personal cars too, Delhi govt tells HC

Delhi government's response came on a plea filed by a petitioner and lawyer, Saurabh Sharma challenging the 500 challan issued to him for not wearing a mask while he was driving alone in his private car.
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| Updated on: 18 Nov 2020, 09:08 PM
Representational photo of police personnel checking a commuter travelling from Delhi to Noida (PTI)
Representational photo of police personnel checking a commuter travelling from Delhi to Noida (PTI)

Delhi Government on Wednesday told the Delhi High Court that "any person" moving around in his personal or official vehicle must wear masks compulsorily.

Delhi Government in its affidavit submitted that guidelines are very clear cut and said further, this implies to all "public places", and a personal vehicle falls in the said category and cannot be said to be a "private zone' as contended by the petitioner in the instant case.

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The government's response came on a plea filed by petitioner and lawyer, Saurabh Sharma challenging the 500 challan issued to him for not wearing a mask while he was driving alone in his private car.

(Also read | Driving between Delhi and Noida? Get ready for random Covid tests)

Sharma's advocate Joby P Varghese informed the court that about a press conference organised by the Union Health Ministry clarifying that persons are not needed to wear a mask if driving alone in a car.

Ministry's advocate sought more time to file the reply.

The court allowed the ministry plea seeking two weeks to file its response. Thereafter a single-judge bench of Justice Navin Chawla listed the matter for January 7.

(Also read | Red light? Then turn engine off, Delhi urges motorists amid heavy pollution)

The court was hearing a petition sought refund of the 500 fine imposed against him and compensation of 10 lakh for publicly causing mental harassment.

According to petitioner Saurabh Sharma, on September 9 Delhi Police issued a challan of 500 for not wearing mask even though he was alone in the car while driving to work.

The petitioner argued that the DDMA guidelines only state that the mask has to be worn in a public place or place of work.

First Published Date: 18 Nov 2020, 09:08 PM IST
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