Chargesheet filed against 116 persons for violating Covid-19 at Amit Shah’s rally

A chargesheet has been filed in Karnataka High Court on Thursday against 116 people, for allegedly violating the Covid-19 protocols I’m a rally led by union Home minister Amit Shah at Belagavi on January 17, Live Law reported.

A bench, including Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Suraj Govindaraj in its order said, “The report submitted by the Assistant Commissioner of Police Market Yard, Belgavi city records that now charge sheet has been filed in crime no 58/2021, in which is 116 persons are arraigned as accused and cognizance has been taken by the magistrate.”

According to Live Law, the Court on March 12, had prima facie held that there was violation of the norms regarding wearing of masks and social distancing in the rally. It had ordered the Police Commissioner to explain the action taken against violators.

The court, however in its order, on May 25, apprehended the Belagavi Police Commissioner for not registering even a single FIR over Covid-19 protocols violations.

The High court observed “Perhaps the commissioner was unaware about the provisions of said regulation made under the Karnataka Epidemic Diseases Act, of 2020. However the affidavit of commissioner shows that even a single FIR was registered against violators.

“Reading the affidavit as a whole, we find that the Commissioner approached the matter very casually,” it added.

In Belagavi there was a large gathering where rules regarding wearing of masks and social distancing were not followed. But the Police commissioner appears to be satisfied with the recovery of the fine amount, the court said.

The High court had asked the Commissioner to explain why a single First Information Report, was not registered for violation of provisions of the said Act of 2020 and regulations framed thereunder.

The Belgavi police on June 14 filed a First Information Report (FIR) against six persons. The court had questioned the police stand, asking on what basis the Commissioner stated that only six persons were there at the rally who were not wearing masks.

The court in its order noted that the Advocate General Prabhuling K Navadgi assured the court that as am FIR has been registered on June 14, appropriate investigation will be taken and everyone who violated the law will be booked.

At the time of the hearing of a petition filed by Letzkit foundation the High court also ordered Advocate G R Mohan, who was appearing for one of the petitioners to provide details of the complaints made to the Grievance redressal forum began by the state government for receiving complaints of covid-19 norms violations. The court even directed the government lawyer to submit the action taken on the complaints by August 18.

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