HC: Man held for hindering COVID-19 data collection gets bail

HC: Man held for hindering COVID-19 data collection gets bail
Mumbai, May 6 () The Bombay High Court on Tuesdaygranted bail to a city resident arrested for obstructing ateam collecting data on COVID-19 from his residential society.

The court also directed him to deposit Rs 10,000 inthe chief ministers relief fund for coronavirus.


Justice Bharati Dangre was hearing a bail plea filedby one Zafar Jamal Khan, who was arrested by the Mira Roadpolice in March for allegedly assaulting and obstructing ateam that visited his society to collect data in the wake ofthe COVID-19 pandemic.

As per the police case, the accused person, who waspresent in the society premises at that time, createdobstruction and persuaded other members of the society to notshare any information with the team.

The police later arrested the accused and booked himunder Indian Penal Code Sections 188 (disobedience to orderduly promulgated by a public officer), 269 (negligent actlikely to spread infection of a disease dangerous to life) and353 (assault or criminal force to deter a public servant fromdischarging his duty).

He was also charged under the Disaster Management ActSection 51(B) (refusal to comply with directions given bycentre or state government).


After perusing the FIR, Justice Dangre noted that acase under section 353 is not made out against the accused.

The court also observed that the other sections underwhich the accused is booked and arrested are bailable.

The high court directed Khan to be releasedimmediately, and asked him to deposit Rs 10,000 in the chiefminister's relief fund.

The applicant had behaved in an irresponsible mannerand particularly at a time when every citizen of this countryis expected to co-operate with those rendering useful servicesto prevent the spread of COVID-19 pandemic. He is directed todeposit an amount of Rs 10,000 in the CM Relief Fund after hisrelease, the court directed.

In another case, Justice Dangre granted anticipatorybail to a man, Shekhar Sanadi, who was accused of having averbal altercation with a police official who scolded him fornot wearing a mask. SPGK GK

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