No posters outside COVID patients’ home: Supreme court

The court has clearly said that there is no need to put posters outside the house of patients suffering from corona infection. The court said that state governments and union territories can put such posters only if the competent authority has issued such instructions under the Disaster Management Act.

The order was passed by a bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, R Subhash Reddy, and MR Shah while disposing of the petition seeking a ban on putting posters outside the Corona patients' house and exposing patient details thereon.

The court said in its judgment that during the hearing, the Solicitor General appearing for the Central Government had clearly stated that the Central Government never directed to place posters outside the houses of patients suffering from corona infection and neither the states and the Union Territories Territories has been given the obligation to do.

The court said that even the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Family Welfare have not asked to put such posters. The Central Government has issued fresh guidelines for states and union territories on November 19, which are being cited here.

In those guidelines, the Central Government has said that the Ministry of Family Welfare has never issued any guidelines to put posters or any kind of sign outside the house of the Corona patients. The court said that no state or union territory need to put posters outside the corona patient’s house.