The Commissioner of Police, Belagavi in an affidavit said that that only six people had violated COVID-19 norms by not wearing masks at a political rally organized by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at Belagavi on January 17 in the High court.
Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice Suraj Govindaraj during the hearing, said that there was something “fundamentally wrong” with the claim now being made that only six people did not wear masks at that rally when photographs of the event contradicted the claim.
“There is something fundamentally wrong with this. The Commissioner has said only 6 people violated. Commissioner has made a mockery. In a rally of thousands, only 6 people are not wearing masks? On what basis has he said this? There are photographs.”, reports the https://www.barandbench.com.
The Court hearing a plea moved by Letzkit Foundation, seeking strict implementation of COVID-19 norms in the State.
Further, the Court opined that all the participants in the rally, who were not wearing masks have violated Section 5 of the Karnataka Epidemic Diseases Act.
Advocate General Prabhuling Navadgi assured the Court that as a First Information report was registered on May 14, a proper investigation would be conducted, and action would be taken against everyone who has violated the law.
The Court proceeded to direct the Commissioner of Police to place on record in a sealed cover, the investigation carried till now. The same has to be done by July 19.