HC directs police to take action against officials for violating COVID-19 mask policy, helmet norms
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New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday directed the Delhi Police to take action against its erring officials found not following COVID-19 norms of wearing masks and riding two-wheelers without helmets.

A bench of Acting Chief Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Sachin Datta said police officials should be leading by example by complying with the law and they are bound to follow Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) guidelines on COVID-19 as any other citizen.

Police officers are equally bound by directions issued by DDMA, as any other citizen. We are of the view that they should lead by example, the bench said.

It directed the Delhi Police to take appropriate action against those officials who are found violating the norms of masks and also the Motor Vehicles Act by riding their vehicles without helmets and added that the action be taken within six weeks.

The court was hearing a plea by an advocate seeking direction to take necessary legal action against Delhi police officials for violating the COVID-19 guidelines on duty themselves and for not implementing COVID-19 guidelines in society even after many orders passed by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and DDMA.

In the appeal, he pointed out that about 30 police officials were found without masks but no action was taken against them for violation of DDMA directions.

The counsel representing the police admitted that several police officials were found violating the law and had been admonished and that an inquiry was conducted based on the petitioner’s complaint.

He said it was found that several police officials were not wearing masks during duty at their workplace and helmets while driving two-wheelers.

To this, the bench asked him, “Have you challaned them? You are challaning people, are these officers above the law? You have to lead by example.”

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