Bombay HC warns of surprise inspections to Aurangabad hospitals, quarantine centers

    The Bombay High Court has clarified that it may take upon it’s responsibility to carry out inspections at the hospitals and quarantine centers of Aurangabad to check if persons in duty are performing well to their responsibilities or neglecting the same.

    In the order passed in The Registrar, High Court of Bombay v. UOI and Ors , the bench of justices TV Nalawade and SD Kulkarni said,

    “… this court may visit the sites too see that there is discipline in the staff employed in the work and are discharging their duties seriously and there are no lapses whatsoever. This court is making it clear that if it is found that the persons who are expected to discharge the duty are not present on the spot and due to that the spread of virus is going on, this court will be giving directions specifically in respect of those persons to register the crime against those persons immediately.”

    ” This court will not be sparing anyone if such lapses are found.”

    Further, the court issued directions to make authorities more vigilant against persons who are refusing to discharge their duties in a prescribed manner. These directions include:

    • The court is to be given data regarding employees who stopped attending the duty in public hospitals when they were expected to work for the prevention of the spread of the disease.
    • The court is to be informed about the actions taken against the private laboratories and private hospitals who did not report the cases of infection due to the virus and deaths caused by the same.
    • The court directed proper action of registering the crime against the employees who did not discharge their duty.
    • Moreover, all information has to be furnished to the court about the actions taken against the private hospitals who are refusing to admit not only coronavirus patients but also other patients in fear of the same. Criminal action will be taken against them.
    • Also, the court has to be informed about the teams created for contact tracing and whether they have honestly worked and collected information.
    • Finally, CCTV cameras are to be put at the institutions where persons are kept in quarantine and in isolation centers.

    Henceforth, the court allowed amicus curie, Rajendra Deshmukh, to produce a compilation of information containing negligence of COVID-19 management duties.