Madras Excessive Court docket Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee on Wednesday expressed disappointment over the police not imposing strictly the continued lockdown in Tamil Nadu to combat COVID-19. He stated it appeared as if the lockdown had been lifted and it was “social gathering time” on the roads.
The Chief Justice broached the topic with Advocate Normal R. Shunmugasundaram and stated it was surprising to seek out folks shifting about on the roads as a matter of routine, although the lockdown was nonetheless in pressure and just a few relaxations had been supplied for the comfort of the folks.
“We have now simply eased just a few issues for the comfort of the residents. However if you happen to stroll on the streets, it seems that it’s social gathering time. There may be enterprise as normal. We, the general public, should comply with what’s in our greatest curiosity. We should inculcate a way of self-discipline in us,” the Chief Justice instructed the Advocate Normal.
In reply, Mr. Shunmugasundaram stated, “Your Lordship could recall that policemen had been beating up folks. Now, strict directions have been given to not beat folks and simply to ask them about their paperwork, e-passes, and many others. Now, they’re dealing with softly and politely,” he stated.
Asking the A-G to make sure that enforcement of lockdown doesn’t change into a political situation, the Chief Justice stated police may create consciousness amongst folks by way of the general public tackle system and ask them to not roam about unnecessarily on the roads and crowd at public locations. It needs to be carried out notably in Coimbatore and neighbouring districts, he stated.
Including a phrase of warning that his intention was to not advise the police on what to do or what to not do, the Chief Justice stated he was solely impressing upon the necessity to implement the present lockdown.
“It seems as if the lockdown is over. Within the Excessive Court docket, we’re sustaining every kind of restrictions however if you happen to exit to the streets, it seems as whether it is social gathering time,” the CJ added.
Stating that he completely understands the feelings expressed by the courtroom, the A-G stated he would advise the police authorities appropriately.