Delhi govt calls for restrictions on public gatherings and protests amid Covid surge


The Aam Aadmi Party government calls for imposing restrictions on public gatherings. Party told the Delhi High Court today that the Disaster Management Authority (DMA) has prohibited public gatherings, including festival celebrations and protests, in view of the surge in COVID-19 cases.

Delhi reported 1,101 COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, the highest in over three months, while four people died of the disease.

During the hearing of the pleas by AAP MLAs Raghav Chadha and Atishi seeking permission to protest outside the residences of Home Minister Amit Shah and Lt Governor Anil Baijal, the submission was made by Justice Prathiba M Singh.

Gautam Narayan, Delhi government additional standing counsel told the court that the Delhi DMA or DDMA has issued an order on March 23 prohibiting all public gatherings in the national capital in view of the surge in COVID-19 cases.

The court asked the lawyers for the two MLAs whether they were still pressing their pleas challenging the denial of permission to protest as ‘circumstances have changed”.

It had also said that in accordance with a Supreme Court order, it has issued a standing order prohibiting protests and ‘dharnas’ (sit-ins) in residential areas in the national capital.