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HC decreases plea versus screening centre in domestic area

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Petitioners had actually looked for instructions for cancellation of approval given to the center.

The High Court of Karnataka has decreased to captivate a PIL petition versus a private diagnostic centre, situated in a primarily property region in the city, which has begun gathering swab samples for COVID-19 tests.

” The counsel standing for the petitioners is unable to mention any statutory provision which imposes embargo on establishing a laboratory in the residential locality to gather swab samples for screening COVID-19 In the lack of any such statutory arrangement, we can not direct the State government to cancel the permission, if any, approved to the diagnostic centre,” the court observed.

A Department Bench making up Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice M. Nagaprasanna passed the order on the petition filed by S. Gangappa and another, locals of Manasanagar, near Nagarbhavi circle.

The petitioners had sought direction for cancellation of approval approved to Mediclu Diagnostics and Speciality Centre, Kendra Upadyayara Sangha Layout, near Nagarbhavi circle.

On the accusation of the petitioners that the lab is not taking precaution to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as individuals are standing in queue for giving swab sample, the Bench said the petitioners can constantly approach the health and civic authorities on this complaint for taking suitable actions.

” Merely due to the fact that there is a line of individuals outside the lab of the 4th respondent, we stop working to understand how it presents a risk to the citizens of the locality. There is no need to presume that all people standing in line are infected,” the Bench observed.

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