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Delhi HC issues notice to Delhi govt on plea seeking place for cremation amid COVID-19 pandemic


New Delhi, May 5 (ILNS) The Delhi High Court today issued notice to the government of NCT of Delhi on a plea seeking directions to allocate additional places for cremation of COVID-infected bodies in Capital.

The Division Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Jasmeet Singh sought Delhi Government’s response on a plea, which also seeks to form such Guidelines for cremation of ones, whose loved ones cannot cremate them due to COVID-19. 

The Court was hearing the petition filed by Jaswinder Singh Jolly, who raised the issue of Fundamental Right of every individual to get his last rites/cremation done in an honourable, decent and dignified manner, which is safeguarded under Article 21 of the Constitution.

Advocate Sanjeev Sahay, on behalf of the petitioner, put forward the facts of the case before the Court and pleaded for exemption of court fees due to technical error in the server, while making the payment.

However, the Court refrained to allow exemption of fee. “Court fees cannot be exempted just for the matter that the server did not respond well,” it said. 

Advocate Sahay, on behalf of the petitioner, while submitting the facts, tried to draw a picture of the current situation that how this catastrophic second wave of Novel Coronavirus is ravaging the country. This led to a steep surge in the death of COVID patients in Delhi, with crematoria witnessing a huge influx of bodies.

The families of the deceased were facing huge difficulty in cremating their loved ones in a noble manner.

He further submitted that there is lack of places in Delhi for cremation. The families of the deceased have been running from pillar to post to find a facility for cremation and sometimes, they have to wait for as long as 20 hours, for performing the last rite ceremonies.

The Court tagged the matter with a similar petition on the same issue and posted it for hearing on May 17. ILNS/KR/RJ


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